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Ronaldo has Madrid up and running

Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.55CET
FC Zürich 2-5 Real Madrid CF
Having led 3-0, Madrid had to withstand a determined fightback before Cristiano Ronaldo's second free-kick sealed a Group C win.
by Trevor Huggins
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Match statistics

ZürichReal Madrid

Goals scored2
 
5
Attempts on target5
 
7
Attempts off target2
 
6
Corners3
 
6
Offsides5
 
2
Fouls committed17
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
6
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Matches

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A JuventusJuventus
1 - 1
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0 - 3
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2 - 5
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1 - 2
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1 - 0
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0 - 0
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3 - 1
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0 - 1
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16 September 2009

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1 - 0
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1 - 0
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3 - 1
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1 - 1
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2 - 0
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1 - 0
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Published: Wednesday 16 September 2009, 0.55CET

Ronaldo has Madrid up and running

FC Zürich 2-5 Real Madrid CF
Having led 3-0, Madrid had to withstand a determined fightback before Cristiano Ronaldo's second free-kick sealed a Group C win.

Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid CF to make a winning start in Group C but they had to withstand a determined fightback from hosts FC Zürich before wrapping up the victory.

Late drama
Ronaldo opened the scoring with a 27th-minute free-kick, Raúl González added a second from close range seven minutes later and Gonzalo Higuaín fired in the third in first-half stoppage time to seemingly kill the game off. Instead, after Xabi Alonso had left the field injured, Zürich hit back with two goals in as many minutes. Xavier Margairaz scored from the penalty spot and Silvan Aegerter converted a 65th-minute header to reopen the contest until Ronaldo's 89th-minute set-piece sealed the points and Guti iced the cake.

Bright start
Zürich had hardly been overawed by their illustrious visitors on their group-stage debut. They showed plenty of early initiative – notably with captain Hannu Tihinen trying a cheeky back-heel in a goalmouth mêlée which forced a save from Iker Casillas – before settling for a containment strategy in their own half as the match developed. The only problem with such a policy is making it work against some of the world's leading players. Ronaldo, who had already ballooned a free-kick over the bar, made no mistake midway through the half with a 25-metre stinger that flew over the wall before dipping viciously into the roof of Johnny Leoni's net.

Double strike
The Portugal winger followed that up in the 34th minute by directing a header towards Higuaín, who scampered down the right flank before squaring the ball for Raúl to steer in from point-blank range. The Madrid captain returned the favour in first-half stoppage time, slipping a defence-splitting ball through for his partner Higuaín who skipped round Tihinen before placing a right-footed shot beyond Leoni. Madrid left the field with Simply the Best playing over the tannoy; Zürich could not really argue.

Zürich comeback
As with the first half, Zürich began the second brightly and conjured their best scoring chance yet in the opening exchanges, with Johan Vonlanthen curling a free-kick over to the far post where the waiting Margairaz could only direct his header wide of the target. It was a taste of things to come. More Zürich pressure ensued as Casillas did well to keep out Philippe Koch's free shot from near the penalty spot. Madrid's luck ran out soon after, though, when Alexandre Alphonse burst through their defence and was brought down by Casillas for a penalty which Margairaz gratefully converted in the 64th minute.

Madrid's points
The goal gave the Swiss champions a huge lift and a minute later they were just one behind as Vonlanthen's corner was met at the near post by Aegerter with a glancing header that gave Casillas no chance. Madrid soaked up the resulting pressure and got an unexpected reward late in the game when Ronaldo's tame free-kick was punched by Leoni into the roof of his net. Substitute Guti added further gloss, collecting the ball just inside the Zürich half before surging through to chip the keeper.

Last updated: 27/11/12 10.20CET

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Lineups

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Zürich

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Real Madrid

1
LeoniJohnny Leoni (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
Yellow Card63
5
MargairazXavier Margairaz
Goal64
2
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
7
AegerterSilvan Aegerter
Goal65
3
PepePepe
8
VonlanthenJohan Vonlanthen
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González (C)
Goal34
10
OkonkwoOnyekachi Okonkwo
Yellow Card50
Substitution66
8
KakáKaká
Yellow Card16
12
AlphonseAlexandre Alphonse
9
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal27
Goal89
13
StahelFlorian Stahel
Yellow Card24
Substitution88
10
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Yellow Card81
16
P. KochPhilippe Koch
15
DrentheRoyston Drenthe
Yellow Card24
19
RochatAlain Rochat
18
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
29
HassliEric Hassli
Substitution46
20
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
Goal45+1
Substitution68
30
TihinenHannu Tihinen (C)
22
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Substitution59

Substitutes

32
GuatelliAndrea Guatelli (GK)
13
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
2
LampiVeli Lampi
5
GagoFernando Gago
Substitution59
Yellow Card68
11
NikciAdrian Nikci
11
BenzemaKarim Benzema
14
DjurićDušan Djurić
Substitution46
12
MarceloMarcelo
20
GajićMilan Gajić
Substitution88
14
GutiGuti
Substitution68
Yellow Card74
Goal90+4
21
BarmettlerHeinz Barmettler
17
Van NistelrooyRuud van Nistelrooy
23
AbdiAlmen Abdi
Substitution66
24
GraneroEsteban Granero

Coach

Bernard Challandes (ARM) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Darren Cann (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Stuart Attwell (ENG)

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