Date:17th February 2016 at 11:24pm
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Real Madrid put one foot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock in 56 minutes with a looping deflection over Wojciech Szczesny before Jese doubled his side’s advantage with a wonderful solo effort five minutes from time.

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AS Roma v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg


Wojciech Szczesny — Aware — 6.5

The Poland international could do little to prevent the away side’s goals on the evening and was aware between the sticks. His distribution, however, left much to be desired as he was guilty of kicking several balls into touch.

Alessandro Florenzi — Turbulent — 5

Few full-backs on the planet could tame Cristiano Ronaldo and the Italian fared reasonably well against the Portuguese until the interval. Was carved open for Real’s first of the evening and almost allowed Ronaldo to ghost in for his second of the evening on 72 minutes.

Kostas Manolas — Solid — 6.5

The Greek international has been one of the standout performers of the Giallorossi’s campaign and he was his usual assured self against the Spanish outfit. Cramped Karim Benzema’s influence throughout and made a few decisive blocks.

Antonio Rudiger — Reliable — 6.5

Like his defensive partner, Rudiger was a composed figure throughout and dealt with several deliveries into the penalty area with relative ease.

Lucas Digne — Quiet — 6

The on-loan full-back was preoccupied with James Rodriguez’s movement and made few forays forward. Allowed Jese too much space to drive forward and dispatch his effort to double Real’s lead.

William Vainqueur — Combative — 5.5

Improved as the game progressed but his distribution left a lot to be desired. Snapped at the heels of Ronaldo on several occasions during the first-half and reduced him to snapshots from outside the penalty area.

Miralem Pjanic — Muted — 5.5

Surprisingly quiet on the evening and his set-piece deliveries were uncharacteristically poor.

Mohamed Salah — Danger — 8

A constant menace throughout and tied Marcelo in knots. Lethal on the counter-attack but his first touch and composure inside the danger area was markedly lacking.

Radja Nainggolan — Standard — 6

Made a few key passes but, like Pjanic, was overshadowed by the visiting midfield three.

Stephan El Shaarawy — Prominent — 7

Had the beating of Dani Carvajal on a few instances in the first-half, foiled only by Raphael Varane on an incisive counter-attack. Hooked midway through the second-half but a positive display from the Italian.

Diego Perotti —¬†Menace¬†— 7

Deployed as the side’s false nine, Perotti instigated several delicate breakaways and gave the Real back four a headache. Stifled by Sergio Ramos throughout, however.


Edin Dzeko (62 minutes) — Positive — 6

Squandered a half-chance when sent through by Pjanic but provided the Giallorossi with a penalty box provide. Teed up Vanqueur on 71 minutes for a thunderous effort.

Daniele De Rossi (76 minutes) — Calming — N/A

Provided welcome assurance in midfield.

Francesco Totti (86 minutes) — Unspectacular — N/A

Did little of note after his introduction.

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