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UEFA Champions League

  • April 4, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 70000

Real Madrid win Aggregate 8 - 2

Champions League Preview: Real Madrid - APOEL

The Cypriot minnows' fairytale run in the Champions League appears to be at an end as they travel to the Spanish capital hoping to overturn a 3-0 deficit from the first leg



Altintop, Pepe, Varane, Coentrao
Granero, Sahin
Callejon, Kaka, Ronaldo

Poursaitidis, Kaka, Jorge, Boaventura
Morais, Pinto
Charalambidis, Marcinho, Manduca

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho looks set to make significant changes to the team that thrashed Osasuna at the weekend for the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against APOEL on Wednesday.

Ricardo Carvalho and Lassana Diarra are both out injured, but Jose Callejon has shaken off an ankle problem and could feature. Xabi Alonso returns from suspension, but may be rested on the bench, while Nuri Sahin could deputise for Sami Khedira, who sat out the Osasuna game with a virus.

Injury-hit winger Angel Di Maria is likely to be named on the bench again as he continues his recovery towards full match fitness.

APOEL will be without Marcelo Oliveira and Ivan Trickovski due to injuries sustained in the first leg in Cyprus, although Gustavo Manduca is available after serving a one-match ban. Savvas Poursaitides (thigh) and Nektarios Alexandrou (groin) also picked up knocks in the first leg, but the duo are likely to be fit in time for the clash.

  • Real Madrid has a near-perfect record in this season's Champions League, winning eight of the nine games played so far.
  • Los Blancos have emerged victorious in 26 of the 27 European ties in which they have held a lead from the first leg.
  • Madrid's 3-0 triumph in the fixture in Nicosia was its 200th victory in the European Cup/Champions League.
  • APOEL finished third in the Cypriot top-flight's regular season before the league split into three groups of four. It is now involved in playoff action against the rest of the top four - AEL Limassol, Omonia and Anorthosis Famagusta - to determine the destination of the title.
  • The Cypriots have won six of their last eight matches in all competitions.
  • Esteban Solari (pictured right) has netted 55 goals in 98 league games over two spells for APOEL, who have never lost when he has scored.


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1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
4Sergio RamosDefender
2Raphaël VaraneDefender
18Nuri SahinMidfielder
25Esteban GraneroMidfielder
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Gonzalo HiguaínStriker
33Raúl Albiol Defender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
7Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
9Karim BenzemaStriker
7José Callejón Striker
78Urko PardoGoalkeeper
-Paulo JorgeDefender
-Savvas Poursaitidis
10Konstantinos CharalambidesMidfielder
26Nuno MoraisDefender
10Marcinho da SilvaMidfielder
21Gustavo ManducaMidfielder
-Hélio PintoStriker
22Dionisis ChiotisGoalkeeper
-Marios EliaDefender
-Marinos SatsiasMidfielder
-Helder SousaMidfielder
9E. SolariStriker
20Aldo Adorno Striker
29Nektarios AlexandrouMidfielder

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