Marcelo Signs New Contract With Real Madrid

Lynette Rowe
September 14, 2017

Ronaldo hit top form at the business end of last season to fire Real to a Liga and Champions League double and was allowed to report back later than his team mates for pre-season training.

Real's two consecutive European conquests under Zidane, courtesy of victory on penalties against Atletico Madrid and a convincing 4-1 defeat of Juventus, have made them the first team - and Zidane the first manager - to record back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 goals for Real Madrid with his last 16 shots on target (all competitions).

"I am not going to revolutionise what I want to do with this team due to one bad game", Zidane insisted afterwards.

Apoel boss Giorgos Donis was without Cyprus global George Efram who picked up and injury in their qualifying round victory over Slavia Prague, meaning 20-year-old Roland Sallai was given his Champions League debut following his goal on Saturday.

Liverpool had to settle for a 2-2 draw against Sevilla in Group E, on their return to the Champions League. Though Real Madrid are defending winners of the cup, they need a win here to open the group stage. Zidane won't be in a hurry to rest him again.

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The reigning Ballon d'Or victor netted the opener inside 12 minutes and added a second from the penalty spot after half-time to kick-start his side's bid for a third straight European title. But Bale remains a divisive player.

His second came from the penalty spot early in the second half.

Ronaldo also struck the crossbar, and had two goals disallowed for offside.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that English sides do not perform well in the Champions League because they place more emphasis on domestic fixtures. A stop start next 15 minutes followed after an injury to Mateo Kovacic saw him replaced by Toni Kroos.

FW Borja Mayoral, NR - On for Bale with 10 to go, you have to wonder when his next chance will come.

The live match Real Madrid vs Apoel Nicosia will be broadcasted on BT Sport Extra 2, FS2, Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 1 HD channels.

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