Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez scored second-half goals to lift Real Madrid beat AS Roma 2-0 at the Bernabeau on Tuesday. That victory gave Real its safety spot in the Champions League quarterfinals.
Real Madrid are feeling good confident about their chances of beating the Italian side AS Roma. The Spanish club has already made a commanding 2-0 lead in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Real has an upper hand, its lead comes in the form of away goal. This means that Roma must score three times in order to avoid the lethal penalty shootout, a huge daunting task for the Italian club. But in Bernabeau everything is possible.
Things are looking good for Madrid, they controlled most of the action in the first half of the game, making good passes and taking 18 shots.
The Portuguese international scored his 13th goal of the tournament by taking a cross by the Madrid substitute forward Lucas Vázquez in the 64th minute of the game. Four minutes later, Rodriguez added another one by taking a low shot from inside the area to give his team a 2-0 victory.
AS Roma has a few chances in the game before Madrid scored. But Roma could not capitalize on them and wasted great chances despite some fine play from Egyptian international Muhamed Salah.
The Egyptian striker made good run and evaded defenders to find Eden Dzek and set a goal, but the Bosnia-Herzegovina striker missed its target.
Salah get another chance to score after Roma defender Lucas Digne appeared to foul Danilo, but the referee did not make a call and the Egyptian strike drove through the Madrid defence, only to miss a great shot.
Ronaldo had a chance to make it 3-0 win for Real but he dragged an angled shot wide. Roma were denied of their last-game score chance when Diego Perottie’s strike came back off the base of a post and was then deflected away by Goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
”It was a difficult game, but in the end we got our objective which was to go through,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. ”Over the 90 minutes, many things could have happened because we were up against a team with good players, but we got the job done,” Zinedine Zidane said, via the Yahoo Sports.
We’ve got to improve in terms of our mentality and how decisive we are. We weren’t at the level we had to be tonight, ” Roma coach Luciano Spalletti said, via the DailyAdvance.
In the end, the Bernabeu crowd gave a warm ovation to Roma legend Francesco Totti, who came on for the final hour of the match to play his 39-year-old’s final appearance in the Champions League.