A Cristiano Ronaldo double earned Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Olympique
Lyon and a place in the first knockout round of the Champions League
with two games to spare on Wednesday.
Ronaldo fired home midway through the first half with a trademark
free-kick and doubled his tally from the penalty spot after the break
as Real maintained their perfect record at the top of Group D after four
They have not conceded in racking up 12 points and 10 goals.
Lyon, who were without key players Lisandro Lopez and Michel
Bastos, lie third on four points and in danger of not qualifying after
they struggled to create clear chances in a one-sided game at Stade de Gerland.
Real always looked on top against a seemingly harmless Lyon team,
who only came close in the 67th minute when Ederson had a couple of
shots parried by Iker Casillas.
Ronaldo's 25-metre strike was blocked by Hugo Lloris as Real got off to a lively start in a packed arena.
The France keeper also pulled a great save to deny Karim Benzema
on 10 minutes after the former Lyon striker was nicely set up by Mesut
Ozil's through pass.
Lyon, overrun in the midfield, struggled to get near Real's penalty area and were too shy when they managed to.
They had a chance on the stroke of half-time when Yoann Gourcuff
unleashed a rising shot that was tipped over the bar by Iker Casillas.
Real, however, were in a class of their own and moved 2-0 ahead
when Ronaldo netted his 100th goal for Real from the spot in the 69th
minute after the Portugal forward had crashed into Mouhamadou Dabo in
Lyon came close to reducing the arrears 13 minutes from time but
Jimmy Briand's header from a Gourcuff corner crashed onto the bar as
Lyon, formally Real's bogey side, suffered their first home defeat by a
Spanish team in 10 years.
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