|Apoel - Real Madrid|
The match was controlled relatively comfortably by Real Madrid as they looked to find the goal early. Sahin started for suspended Xabi & Coentrao was in for Marcelo & the team looked balanced with both palying well & not noticing any real deficiencies. However, with Apoel ultra defensive & looking for the counter-attack opportunity, Real Madrid got to the goal but missed their chances. This, an an inspired Apoel goalkeeper Chiotis frustrated continually the Spanish attacks.
The one way street direction, continued missed chances & crashing into a defensive wall continued for Real in the second half until Coach Mourinho made a double substitute: Kaka for an "injured" Higuain & Marcelo for Coentrao. The changes gave new ideas & more spring for Madrid & they began finding spaces down the left flank.
It was down that wing that Kaka crossed over & found the head of BENZEMA who opened the scoring in the 73rd min, & the second goal came from a Marcelo run with backward cross that found KAKA to score in the 81st min. Real Madrid was dominating play & sealed game ( & possibly Q/Final ) when Ozil passed to find KARIM BENZEMA for his second in the 91st min.
Good night at the "stadium office" for Real Madrid which will host Apoel in Madrid with a authoritative goal advantage.
Tomorrow more Champions League action: AC Milan - FC Barcelona