Wednesday 22 November 2017

Ronaldo on double for real


A Cristiano Ronaldo double earned Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Olympique Lyon and secured their place in the first knockout round of the Champions League with two games to spare last night.

The Portuguese star fired home midway through the first half with a trademark free-kick and doubled his tally from the penalty spot after the break as Real maintained their 100pc record -- without a single goal conceded -- at the top of Group D, five points ahead of Ajax, who beat Dinamo Zagreb 4-0.

Manchester City's Group A rivals Bayern Munich beat Napoli 3-2 with a first-half hat-trick by Mario Gomez to move to the brink of qualification -- they are now three points clear of Roberto Mancini's men and five ahead of the Italian s .

Napoli managed to pull two goals back through Federico Fernandez and battled for a draw in a bad-tempered second half in which Napoli's Juan Zuniga and Bayern's Holger Badstuber were both sent off with second bookings .

A second-half strike by Benjamin Huggel earned Basel a 1-1 draw at Benfica to keep them in contention for a last 16-spot behind the Portuguese side and Manchester United in group C.

Inter Milan put their domestic troubles behind them with a 2-1 win over Lille, their third in a row in the Champions League as last-16 qualification edged closer.

Argentines Walter Samuel and Diego Milito scored in each half to keep Inter top of Group B -- Tulio de Melo hitting back for bottom side Lille. Trabzonspor were held to a 0-0 draw by CSKA Moscow as both sides failed to capitalise on Seydou Doumbia's sending off -- leaving them with work to do to advance.

Irish Independent

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