Champions League: Real Madrid Beat Roma, Reach Quarter Final
Real Madrid won against Roma with 4-0 aggregate to reach the Champions League quarter final. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season in the game.Advertisement
Real Madrid, with Zinedine Zidane as the manager, is behind Barcelona, currently leading the La Liga, by 12 points.
The opening in the match was provided by Ronaldo in the 64th minute, whose fine front post finish catapulted Madrid into the lead. Roma missed several chances that could’ve helped their case. While Roma strove with everything they had, Mohamed Salah missed three opportunities; in the end, not being able to cover the 2-0 deficit from the first leg, CBS Sports reports.
The victory marks the first time in nine tries that Real Madrid has edged past an Italian club in a European knockout stage. Last year, they lost to Juventus in the semi finals and couldn’t meet arch rivals Barcelona in the finals. Their last victory against an Italian team was in 1987, when they emerged victorious against Napoli in the first round of the European Cup, according to CNN.
Ronaldo, who scored four goals in a space of 26 minutes in his last game that saw Real Madrid cruising past Celta Vigo in a 7-1 finish, also became the first player to score 90 UEFA Champions League goals. He finds himself at the top of the La Liga goal scorers, with 27 goals to his name. His incredible streak is also highlighted by his average of 8.1 shots per game. Before the contest against Roma, he had scored more than half, 57 percent, of all of Real Madrid’s goals. The game was also manager Zidane’s first home Champions League fixture.
Roma, who won seven consecutive league games, currently stands at the third spot in the Serie A.
Meanwhile, in the FA Cup, Arsenal defeated Hull 4-0, with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud scoring two goals each. They will now play against Watford in the quarter finals at the Emirates Sunday.