Wednesday, April 4th, 2012
Real Madrid 5 – APOEL 2 (Agg. 8-2) (Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg, April 4, 2012) (Alternative highlights & longer highlights.) Gonzalo Higuain flashed a header wide of the APOEL goal after three minutes, while less than two minutes later Cristiano Ronaldo had his first effort on target. In the 26th minute Real scored as Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his 7th Champions league goal in his 8th appearance when he met Marcelo’s cross at the back post. Kaka curled home a stunner in the 37th minute to extend Real’s unassailable advantage. Kaka hit the outside of the post before the break. Gustavo Manduca registered a moment he’ll never forget in the 67th minute when the forward raced through to score APOEL’s first goal of the tie. Fifteen minutes from time normal service was resumed as Cristiano Ronaldo smacked home a stunning free-kick to restore Real’s two-goal advantage on the night. Real extended their lead when Jose Callejon cut in from the left and beats Pardo at the near post, but an Esteban Solari penalty kept APOEL’s spirits alive. Angel Di Maria spotted the keeper off his line in th e86th and the forward netted with an audacious lob.
Post match interviews: Jose Mourinho.
Individual highlights: Cristiano Ronaldo.