Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Ronaldo's double score is super result for Real Madrid

Hitman: Cristiano Ronaldo  celebrates the first of his brace
Hitman: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates the first of his brace

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to ensure a successful Wales homecoming for his team-mate Gareth Bale as Real Madrid comfortably won the Uefa Super Cup in Cardiff. The Portuguese star struck in each half to secure a 2-0 win and underline Madrid's dominance of a game they controlled throughout.

The Spanish giants thrilled a capacity 33,500 crowd at Cardiff City Stadium with their all-singing, all-dancing game and Sevilla's players were often reduced to a spectating role.

Bale, who joined Real from Tottenham in a world record £86million deal last summer, also stamped his class on proceedings, delivering a precision cross from which Ronaldo scored his opener.

And when he pounced again early in the second period, there was no way back for Europa League title holders Sevilla as the 2014 Champions League winners showcased their enviable quality.

Ronaldo put Real ahead 15 minutes before the break, finishing from close range for his 17th goal in 10 appearances against Sevilla after Bale's inch-perfect cross created a gilt-edged opening.

Sevilla could have few complaints, having played second fiddle for long periods as Real's masterful exhibition of passing meant they enjoyed prolonged periods of control.

And Ronaldo stamped a definitive mark on proceedings four minutes after the break when he rifled a powerful left-footed shot into the corner of Beto's net to double the lead and seal the win.

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