Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3 – 0, on Wednesday, to get their quest for a third successive Champions League crown off on the right note.
Ronaldo has been banned from domestic football since August for pushing a referee and only needed 12 minutes to get back amongst the goals in the competition where he is the all-time top scorer, meeting Gareth Bale’s low cross to arrow home.
He scored his 109th Champions League goal after APOEL’s Spanish defender Roberto Lago was harshly penalised for handball.
Captain Sergio Ramos scored a second goal against Cypriot champions with a scrappy overhead kick in the 61st minute.
Ronaldo was denied another penalty and a potential hat-trick when he was tripped in the area but his appeals went unnoticed, while late in the game he had a goal chalked off for a clear offside.