Real Madrid’s awareness over the strength of their opponents in the Champions League, APOEL Nicosia, reaps its reward as they shut down the Cyprus representatives 3-0 with Karim Benzema bagging a brace, while Ricardo Kaka adding another one.
It wasn’t actually a ride in the park for Los Blancos, although the were totally dominating the match, but the goals didn’t arrive until the last 15 minutes into the game.
Setting up against what they call as a complicated opponent, Madrid didn’t wait long in trying to dominate the game as they were showering APOEL with tons of attacking moves, eying for an early goal. However, things didn’t turned out as well as Los Blancos’ expected as although the home team didn’t really caused much problem offensively, but they were really tight at the back, not giving much holes for the visitor.
Acknowledging his team’s difficulties, Madrid’s tactician, Jose Mourinho, made some changes midway in the second half, introducing Kaka along with Marcello to boost up their attacking play. The substitution were working wonders for Los Blancos as both Brazilians, who were coming from the bench made important contribution in the goals that the Galacticos cored in the second half.
Kaka’s first contribution was to provide a delightful assist for French striker, Benzema, in the 74th minute, a goal that eventually broke down APOEL’s good work in the game. The Brazilian turned from provider into goal scorer soon after it, as this time the other substitute, Marcello, set up the former Ac Milan star to get the double for Los Blancos right on 82th minute.
In the final minute, Benzema added to APOEL’s wound by netting his second in the game which is also Madrid’s third after the Frenchman maximized Mesut Ozil’s low pass before beating Dinos Chiotis for the third time. The result obviously puts Mourinho’s team into the driving seat as they managed to take a huge away victory into the second leg which will be played at Santiago Barnebau, definitely an impossible task for the Cyprus minnows, to get something in the second leg.