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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Ronaldo a Real doubt for Spurs showdown

Euro Round-up

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

CRISTIANO Ronaldo is facing up to three weeks on the sidelines and could struggle to be fit for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Tottenham.

The former Manchester United star came off after 70 minutes of his side's 2-1 derby win over Atletico Madrid. The £80m man complained of pain in his thigh after the match and further tests revealed he faces a spell on the sidelines.

"Cristiano felt pain and had inflammation of his left thigh," a club statement read, before later adding that he will be sidelined for "between two to three weeks".

Real host Harry Redknapp's Spurs on April 5 and the absence of the mercurial forward would be a major boost for the Londoners.

Despite the setback, Jose Mourinho's men were too strong for their rivals, whose record in the derby is lamentable.

Goals from Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil before the break did the damage for Real, who remain five points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Sergio Aguero's second-half reply wasn't enough for Atletico to end their 12-year winless streak against their city rivals.

Mourinho paid tribute to his tired troops.

"They had a week to prepare for the duel and us, two days," he said. "The team was tired. I was also tired and I'm the coach. The second half was difficult."

Dani Alves and Bojan Krkic were on target for Barca as they battled to a 2-1 win over Getafe.

In Serie A, Inter Milan took the feelgood factor of their midweek heroics against Bayern Munich back home and closed the gap on league leaders AC Milan.

As their city rivals slipped up at Palermo, Leonardo's men beat Lecce 1-0 thanks to a controversial Giampaolo Pazzini winner. The forward appeared to handle the ball in the lead-up to the goal.

In Germany, leaders Borussia Dortmund's lead at the top of the Bundesliga was cut to seven points as they were held 1-1 by Mainz.

Irish Independent

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