Champions League: Real Madrid 2-0 AC Roma

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Real Madrid was once again on their non-hospitable mood when they played host to their Italian visitors, AC Roma leaving them with two goals to nurse at Santiago Bernabéu

After a drought-stricken first half, filled with a lot of motion with nothing to show for it, things changed in the second half with a 64th minute strike from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo gave Madrid’s home fans something to cheer courtesy of a Lucas Vázquez assist.

Four minutes later, Ronaldo was handy again following a fast break with an assist to teammate James Rodríguez who shot from a difficult angle to round off the game.

The next 30 minutes saw Roma gasping for air but eventually went down choking.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season as Real Madrid reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Roma.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in 61 different Champions League matches; more than any other player (Raul 56, Lionel Messi 51).

Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Real peppered the visitors’ goal, although Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah wasted chances for Roma at the Bernabeu.

It proved costly as Ronaldo crashed in at the near post before setting up James Rodriguez for an angled finish.

Roma hit the post but Real made the last eight for a sixth successive term.

With Zinedine Zidane’s team 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, and disqualified from the Copa Del Rey, winning the Champions League remains their only realistic chance of silverware.

And although the 10-times winners impressed in attack, their casual approach to defence, particularly from left-back Marcelo, will give more potent teams hope.

Roma will now return to Serie A, where they lie third, after winning their last seven successive league games.

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