Real cruise into last 16

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By 2017-11-23

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as holders Real Madrid thrashed APOEL 6-0 in Cyprus to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, while Liverpool blew a three-goal lead in a thriller at Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane's Real bounced back from their 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last time out by crushing APOEL, with four of the goals coming before half-time.

"It was a very good evening for us," said Zidane.

"We're on the right track. We're doing things well and we're building in strength. It's never easy but it was a complete display and we scored quickly."

The record 12-time winners had to wait until the 23rd minute to take the lead through Luka Modric, but a run of five goals in 15 minutes either side of half-time sent them through in style. Karim Benzema put worries about his recent form to bed with a double either side of a Nacho effort, before Ronaldo got in on the act after the break. The Portuguese climbed highest to power a header into the corner from an inviting Marcelo cross.

And the 32-year-old, who has only scored once in eight La Liga appearances this season, scored his eighth Champions League goal this term with an excellent left-footed finish from a tight angle.

Other results

Tottenham 2
Borussia Dortmund 1

Liverpool 3
Sevilla 3

Spartak Moscow 1
Maribor 1

Napoli 3
Shakhtar Donetsk 0

Manchester City 1
Feyenoord 0

Besiktas 1
Porto 1

RB Leipzig 4
Monaco 1

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