Real Madrid 2 – AC Milan 0


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Italy World Cup champion midfielder ANDREA PIRLO (right) of AC Milan attempts to fend off the challenge of Real Madrid’s Argentina World Cup midfielder ANGEL DI MARIA, the most expensive player bought by Los Blancos this off-season summer, at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain. (Felix Ordonez/Reuters)
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UEFA Champions League
Group Stage
10/19/2010

2 – Real Madrid (SPA) ——— Ronaldo 13′, Oezil 14′
0 – AC Milan (ITA)

Back to back goals a minute apart inside the first quarter hour sent Spanish La Liga outfit REAL MADRID on their way to a rather easy 2-0 victory over visiting Serie A side AC MILAN in the Group G match of the UEFA Champions League.

Sweet revenge for Real Madrid supporters, then, who, at this stage of the tournament last year, saw their team lose 3-2 to the very same AC Milan on home ground at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Only a baker’s dozen minutes into the match, Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO stepped up and shot a waist-high ball through a woefully-constructed AC Milan wall to score his first goal in Europe this season and send Real Madrid out front early.

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With the two Germany World Cup midfielders, MESUT OEZIL (23) and SAMI KHEDIRA (24) watching, Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO (7) strikes a free kick at goal in the 13th minute of the match against Italian side AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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The lethal 25-year-old Portuguese attacker took his chance after Spain World Cup champion midfielder XABI ALONSO had been brought down inside the penalty arc by AC Milan’s Brazil international striker PATO.

The influential Ronaldo then set up Germany World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL to score Real Madrid’s second within the next sixty seconds and essentially seal AC Milan’s fate.

The 22-year-old German, with his first career goal in Europe for Real Madrid and second for the club in all competitions, was fortunate with a deflection off of Italy international defender DANIELE BONERA that left Italy international goalkeeper MARCO AMELIA absolutely no chance in the AC Milan net.

Amelia, a reserve on Italy’s 2006 World Cup championship squad in Germany who is on loan to AC Milan from FC Genoa, was making his debut for the Rossoneri in place of the injured regular CHRISTIAN ABBIATI.

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Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO of Real Madrid runs off having scored his 24th career goal in Europe and fifth of his last three games in all competitions with a free kick in the 13th minute against AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Paul White/AP)
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Real Madrid had a thorough grip on the game throughout and registered a dominant 17-4 advantage in shots-at-goal for the game; after the rough beginning, AC Milan’s Amelia made several fine saves or the margin of victory might have been larger.

Spain World Cup goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS made a noteworthy stop near the half hour mark when he steered a free kick from AC Milan’s Italy World Cup midfielder ANDREA PIRLO off the crossbar.

Casillas has now posted three consecutive clean sheets in the UEFA Champions League this season for unbeaten and untied Real Madrid, who have opened up a formidable five point lead in a Group G which includes Italy’s AC Milan, Ajax Amsterdam in Holland and AJ Auxerre of France at the halfway point of the double round-robin stage.

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Sweden international striker ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC of AC Milan watches the ball while on his backside as Real Madrid’s Spain World Cup champion goalkeeper IKER CASILLAS follows the very same with fellow World Cup winner ALVARO ARBELOA (17) caught in-between at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Juan Medina/Reuters)
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REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo, Carvalho, Pepe, Arbeloa ; Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Oezil (L. Diarra 83′) ; Di Maria (Granero 87′), Higuain (Benzema 89′), Ronaldo

AC MILAN : Amelia ; Zambrotta, Nesta, Bonera, Antonini ; Ronaldinho (Robinho 72′), Gattuso (Boateng 59′), Pirlo, Seedorf ; Ibrahimovic, Pato (Inzaghi 78′)

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With 33-year-old Italy World Cup champion GIANLUCA ZAMBROTTA (19) of AC Milan giving chase, Real Madrid’s 23-year-old Germany World Cup midfielder SAMI KHEDIRA (24) advances the ball at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Germany’s 22-year-old World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL (23) of Real Madrid races away from 32-year-old, three-time Italy World Cup midfielder and AC Milan captain GENNARO GATTUSO (8), who played one season in Scotland for Glasgow Rangers in 1997-98, at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. (Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Germany World Cup and one-time Werder Bremen midfielder MESUT OEZIL (23), trailed by his teammate in South Africa this summer, former Vfb Stuttgart midfielder SAMI KHEDIRA (24), strikes a very Miroslav Klose-like pose after scoring his first-ever goal in Europe for Real Madrid against AC Milan at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the capital city of Spain. (Andres Kudacki/AP)
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