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UEFA Champions League

  • October 19, 2010
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 71657

Real Madrid 2-0 Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo On Target As Los Blancos Record Dominant Win

Real Madrid 2-0 Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo On Target As Los Blancos Record Dominant Win

Jose Mourinho masterminds an impressive win over the Rossoneri, who were never at the races.

Real Madrid produced a dominant display to defeat Milan 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening, and their victory was more comprehensive than the final scoreline suggests.

Two goals in the space of sixty seconds put paid to the Rossoneri; Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick on 13 minutes whizzed through the wall for the opener, then the Portuguese laid on Mesut Oezil to find the target with a deflect shot that deceived Marco Amelia.

Jose Mourinho's men were wasteful in front of goal afterward, but the points were already secured, and nine points out of a possible nine had been secured.

The hosts, in front of a noisy, expectant capital crowd, were desperate to commence the match with vibrancy, but they couldn’t have envisaged such a positive start to the match, as they struck twice within the first fifteen minutes.

Firstly, the irrepressible Ronaldo, who is edging toward his ominous best, launched one of his trademark free-kicks straight at the six-strong Rossoneri barrier, but as Zlatan Ibrahimovic jumped to block, Clarence Seedorf bizarrely shirked away from the ball, and it whizzed past the helpless Marco Amelia and into the net.

Amelia, making his competitive debut for the Italian giants, must have felt he had been thrown to the lions as los Blancos doubled their advantage less than sixty seconds later.

Ronaldo, imperious all evening, ran straight at Gianluca Zambrotta before rolling the ball to the edge of the area. Mesut Oezil’s effort bounced down into the ground, struck the shoulder of Daniele Bonera and looped into the net.

Milan were utterly stunned, although they enjoyed a brief spell of possession after Oezil’s effort, with an Andrea Pirlo free-kick stinging the hand of Iker Casillas, and Seedorf volleying over from a favorable position.

But in truth, los Merengues should have racked up a rout. Oezil and Ronaldo went close, a strangely subdued Gonzalo Higuain squandered two simple headers, then Ronaldo again somehow contrived to fire the ball wide with the complete goal to aim at, following Marcelo’s slide-rule pass.

Milan threw Robinho into the action in desperation, and the former los Blancos winger received a less than genial welcome from the home support on his return. However, the Brazilian did have a minor impact, forcing Casillas to look sharp to block a low effort, and orchestrated a move that saw Ibrahimovic almost bundle home from inside the area

However in the main Real Madrid rarely suffered any discomfort. Pepe added his name to the list of those guilty of missing straightforward chances, dragging the ball wide from three yards out, but the points were already won.

Mourinho will be more than pleased to collect a record of played three, won three, with no goals conceded, while Milan know that a win at the San Siro on matchday four is a necessity to fend off the challenge of Ajax for the second qualifying place.

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