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14.03.2012 » Real Madrid 4-1 CSKA. Russians wrecked by Merengues attacking trio

Cristiano Ronaldo playing in Real Madrid 4-1 CSKA Moscow, in the UEFA Champions League 2012

The Merengues got their job done as they defeated CSKA Moscow by 4-1 and assured their presence in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. With 2 goals on the game, Cristiano Ronaldo now has 6 in the competition and an overall of 42 goals for Real Madrid in 2011/2012.

Real Madrid booked their ticket to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, after running over CSKA Moscow by 4-1 (5-2 in aggregate), this Wednesday night, at the Santiago Bernabéu. Cristiano Ronaldo added another brace to his 42-goal tally this season, as he saw Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema also putting their names in the score sheet. The Merengues will now wait for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw that will take place this Friday and which include the following 8 clubs: Real Madrid, Barcelona, AC Milan, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Marseille and APOEL.

Cristiano Ronaldo game photos in Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow
Real Madrid 4-1 CSKA Moscow goals and highlights

Cristiano Ronaldo new look, hairstyle and haircut, in Real Madrid 2012

CSKA Moscow had managed to held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw in Moscow just a couple of weeks ago, but they were surely aware of this Wednesday's game difficulty being raised exponentially, as the Merengues were about to host them at the Santiago Bernabéu. However, the start of the game showed us an anxious Spanish side, missing a lot more passes than usual and which inevitably led to a few problems when it came to connect the team sectors.

Even though Real Madrid didn't have what we could call a brilliant start, they would still be the team taking the lead before the first half an hour was up, thanks to a Gonzalo Higuaín easy tap-in goal. Sami Khedira made a good lob pass to Kaká on the left, leaving the Brazilian with plenty of space to control the ball and assist Higuaín for an easy finish, making it 1-0 for José Mourinho's men. The Argentinian opener allowed Real Madrid to become more relaxed and the team's typical attacking transitions started showing a better pass criteria than before.

Gonzalo Higuaín first goal against CSKA Moscow, with Ronaldo just behind him, attempting a backheel touch, in Real Madrid 2012

With 61% of ball possession in the first-half, but still a single goal advantage, Real Madrid knew it could be vital to score another after the break, in order avoid the Russians to keep dreaming with a good result. Mourinho probably infused his side precisely with those thoughts and the Merengues found a way to extend the lead from a long-range shot taken by Cristiano Ronaldo. Similarly to what happened last season, when Tottenham hosted Real Madrid at the White Hart Lane and Ronaldo fired a rocket from outside the area leading to a Heurelho Gomes big fail, it was now time for CSKA's goalkeeper Chepchugou to flop and commit an enourmous mistake at the Bernabéu. The Russian goalkeeper had already prevented CR7 from scoring a few more times both in the 1st and the 2nd leg, but he revealed his weakness when dealing with Ronaldo's trademark tomahawk long range shot and Real Madrid found themselves comfortably in the game, with 2 goals up.

It wasn't time to hit the brakes yet though and 15 minutes later, when the clock was ticking the 70th minute, Karim Benzema returned to goals. It only took the Frenchman close to 30 seconds to hit the back of the net, since he had replaced Gonzalo Higuaín just moments before. The Real Madrid forward saw his first shot being stopped by CSKA's goalkeeper, but he wouldn't forgive again when he saw the rebound not being cleared away. With 3-0 in the scoreline, no one doubted that the Merengues weren't going to let this game slip away.

Cristiano Ronaldo long range goal in Real Madrid 4-1 CSKA Moscow, in 2012

The Russian team found their small moment of glory close to the 77th minute, when the former Manchester United player, Tosic, managed to beat Pepe in a concerning way as he simpled cutted inside and then prepared a very accurate left-foot shot. Iker Casillas couldn't have done anything but to follow the shot's trajectory, which would still hit the crossbar before finding the back of the net. However, with 3-1 and still 13 minutes left to play, chances of CSKA scoring another 2 goals were so slim that even the Russians didn't seem to believe much in it.

The final blow was given by Cristiano Ronaldo, already in added time, with the Portuguese simply tapping the ball to an empty net, after being assisted by Karim Benzema. Ronaldo has now 6 goals in this UEFA Champions League edition, allowing him to be ranked 3rd in the top goalscorers standings, behind Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez (10 goals) and Barcelona's Lionel Messi (12 goals).

UEFA Champions League - Top goalscorers standings table (2011-2012)
Player Name
Lionel Messi
Mario Gomez
Bayern Munich
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid

The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw will be made this Friday and there will certainly be a lot of expectation surrounding what fate has been reserved for the Merengues. With a possible scenario of facing teams as strong as Barcelona or as unexperienced as APOEL, both Real Madrid and Barça fans are surely hoping for not being forced to play another Clasico just yet...

Cristiano Ronaldo being congratulated by Mesut Ozil, Khedira, Kaká, Arbeloa and Marcelo, in a Real Madrid game in 2012

Real Madrid line-up vs CSKA Moscow:

Goalkeeper: Casillas
Defenders: Marcelo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Arbeloa
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Khedira
Attackers: Ozil, Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuaín

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Real Madrid next game is for La Liga against Malaga, this next Sunday (18-03-2012). In the meanwhile you can watch Manchester City vs Sporting, Besiktas vs Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao vs Manchester United, all from our football live streams section. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to be on the line-up when Real Madrid hosts Malaga this next Sunday.

Real Madrid vs Malaga kick-off time (14-03-2012):

Jakarta (Indonesia) | GMT+7: 03:30
(Madrid) | GMT+1: 21:30
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | GMT+0: 20:30
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | GMT-2: 18:30
New York (United States) | GMT-5: 15:30
Los Angeles (United States) | GMT-8: 12:30
Beijing (China) | GMT-8: 12:30

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Cristiano Ronaldo running down the line to make a left-foot cross for Real Madrid in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo being pulled by a CSKA defender, in a Real Madrid game for the UEFA Champions League in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo being touched in the ass by José Mourinho, at the end of a Real Madrid game

Cristiano Ronaldo colliding with two CSKA players, at a UEFA Champions League game in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo with hugging Higuaín in Real Madrid, in 2012

Gonzalo Higuaín and Ricardo Kaká celebrating a Real Madrid goal together, in 2012

Pipita Gonzalo Higuaín, running to celebrate his goal for Real Madrid, in the UEFA Champions League in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo dedicating his goal for Real Madrid to his family present at the Santiago Bernabéu crowd, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo applauding and thanking Mesut Ozil for his big effort in a Real Madrid attack

Karim Benzema scores again for Real Madrid, in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo easy tap-in goal for Real Madrid, in 2011/2012

Cristiano Ronaldo right foot strike, in a Real Madrid game for the UEFA Champions League in 2012

Mesut Ozil top speed run, in Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow, in 2012

Marcelo perfect ball control in the air, in a UEFA Champions League game for Real Madrid in 2012

Alvaro Arbeloa chasing the new UEFA Champions League ball in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo being tackled in Real Madrid vs CSKA Moscow, for the UEFA Champions League in 2012

José Mourinho playing football and passing the ball in Real Madrid 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo holding the new UEFA Champions League ball, with his left hand in 2012

Cristiano Ronaldo hugging Karim Benzema, as they celebrate a Real Madrid goal in 2012

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