“Marcelo and I came on to try different things. I’m happy for making good use of the playing time I had and for helping Real Madrid decisively. I gradually make more use of the chances I get. I play more some times than others, but I’m happy with the victory.”
“We knew of the difficulties we would face against APOEL. They’ve reached this far for a reason and have done well. This is only the first match and this isn’t over yet. We have the advantage in the tie, but we have yet to play the return leg.”
“The coaching staff and the players decided that it was best not to talk after the game in Villarreal. We are gradually returning to normality.”
* Los Blancos continue putting pressure on Nicosia * 47’ long pass Ramos-Benzema, shot too hasty, goes high * 50’ Our Kaká warming up! So soon we have 2 Kaká’s on the pitch :o) * 56’ Cris lays off to Karim, cross intercepted * 63* Kaká and Marcelo in for Higuaín and Coentrao; I hope for more creativity * 66’ free-kick Cristiano into the wall, several players with rebound attempts * 69’ Karim’s strike goes wide * 74’ Gooooooooooooooooooooooooal Benzema!!! Header after brilliant pass Kaká, attack initiated by Marcelo. Finally!!! * 82’ Gooooooooooooooooooooooooal Kaká !!! Great effort Cristiano to Marcelo who passes to Kaká sliding on the grass, cool finish Kaká :o) * Mou made the perfect changes :o) * 90’ Gooooooooooooooooooooooooal Benzema!!! —> Hard work in Nicosia against the APOEL-wall. Then Karim released us with a great header, intelligent pass came from Kaká. And then Kaká scored himself! Karim finished the match with a brace. Happy End in Nicosia! 3 away-goals = almost in the semi-finals!
CL 1/4 finals first leg: APOEL Nicosia vs. Real Madrid - first half 0:0
* Real Madrid dominating the whole 45 min. * shots on goal: APOEL 0, Real Madrid 11. But no goal - yet! * APOEL one 11-men defence wall * goal was always in the air, some big chances missed * Sahin playing very well, with some great cooperations with Cristiano * Cristiano with much effort * audience whistling at nearly every ball contact of our boys * funny: APOEL has also a Kaká. Our Kaká on the bench :o( —> Keep the pace in the second half and score! Please!
“Hell awaits Cristiano Ronaldo at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia. Here he heard for the first time “Messi, Messi!” chants when he visited Cyprus with his national team on September 06, 2011 for the EURO 2012 qualifier. Cristiano experienced one of the hottest matches and his reactions and gestures on the pitch did little to calm down the situation. Quite the contrary. On that day he overcame the atmosphere by scoring twice. His goal celebration, holding his hand to his ear, earned him a yellow card. So everyone expects that hell will await Cristiano tonight.
Such is the tension that even APOEL coach Ivan Jovanovic had to intervene. In a gesture of fair play, Jovanovic told his fans to enjoy Cristiano, not to torment him: “I attended the Cyprus-Portugal match and the treatment they gave Cristiano was the worst possible. Cypriot fans never have behaved so badly since then, and Madrid is a great club and deserves all the respect in the world. I hope our fans will support us as always and be respectful with Ronaldo, a terrific player. “
The supporters of APOEL are undoubtedly the most hot-headed of Cyprus. The GSP Stadium has capacity for 22,500 spectators, of which nearly 10,000 are ultras. Bengal fires are usual there and Madrid will find hell there.”
Let’s hope that football and sportsmanship will rule in Nicosia tonight and not hate and hostility.