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Real secure convincing 3-0 win over APOEL

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-28

Striker Karim Benzema helped secure a 3-0 victory for Real Madrid against Cypriot side APOEL in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final, while Chelsea scored a 1-0 win against Benfica.

AP - Karim Benzema scored two late goals to help Real Madrid beat unheralded Cypriot team APOEL 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal, while Chelsea also look good for the last four after a 1-0 win in Benfica.

APOEL was looking to cause one of the biggest shocks in the history of the competition’s knockout stages but couldn’t hold out against the nine-time champions, with Benzema heading in the opener in the 74th minute from Kaka’s cross.

The Brazilian playmaker, on as a second-half substitute, scored from close range in the 82nd from compatriot Marcelo’s cross to make it 2-0 before Benzema wrapped up victory in the 90th.

Substitute Salomon Kalou grabbed a 75th-minute winner for Chelsea -- England’s sole remaining representative -- in Portugal.
 

Date created : 2012-03-27

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