Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Ronaldo hits ton as ruthless Real qualify with ease

All together now: Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez is congratulated by Thomas Mueller, Franck Ribery, Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng

Champions League round-up

Real Madrid joined domestic rivals Barcelona in guaranteeing their qualification for the Champions League knockout stages as two Cristiano Ronaldo goals gave Jose Mourinho's men a 2-0 victory at Lyon.

Ronaldo scored a goal in each half to secure a win which, coupled with Group F rivals Ajax's 4-0 hammering of Dinamo Zagreb, maintains their five-point lead in the group and ensures their progression.

Ronaldo’s two goals were his 99th and 100th strikes for Real Madrid as the Spanish giants laid their Lyon hoodoo.

Real have dominated the French side in Madrid, but Lyon had won three and drawn one of the last four encounters at Stade Gerland.

Ajax still have work to do to join Real but they did their hopes no harm with a crushing victory over the Croatians, with goals from Gregory van der Wiel, Miralem Sulejmani, Siem de Jong and Nicolas Lodeiro.

Mario Gomez fired a first-half hat-trick as Bayern Munich tightened their grip on Group A, but only after withstanding a late fightback by Napoli in a match which finished 10-a-side.

Gomez built on the brace he scored in the Bundesliga demolition of Nurnberg on Saturday with strikes in the 17th, 23rd and 42nd minutes to put the group leaders well in command in Germany.

But Federico Fernandez pulled one back before the break and, after Napoli's Camilo Zuniga and Bayern's Holger Badstuber were both harshly sent off for two bookable offences, Fernandez hit his second to make the final score 3-2.

Joe Cole's Champions League adventure looks doomed after Lille crashed for the second consecutive match to Inter Milan.

Inter made light of their continued travails in Serie A with a 2-1 win which helped move Claudio Ranieri's men five points clear of their nearest rivals in Group B.

Walter Samuel opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Diego Milito added a second in the 65th, before an 83rd-minute strike from Tulio de Melo gave Lille hope.

The night got better for Inter as Trabzonspor and CSKA Moscow were forced to settle for a goalless draw in Turkey.

The visitors' challenge got harder when Seydou Doumbia was sent off for two yellow cards in the 74th minute.

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