APOEL Nicosia vs Real Madrid Live Score and Commentary, UEFA Champions League 2017-18

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 22, 2017 03:06 IST

APOEL Nicosia 0-6 Real Madrid FT' Modric 22' Benzema 39' Nacho 41' Benzema 45+1' Ronaldo 49' 54'


03:06 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Los Blancos have run riot here in Cyprus. They looked on top of their game from the get-go and opened the scoring in the 22nd minute. And when it rains, it pours. 

The defending champions bullied APOEL on their home turf and buried their hopes 6 feet deep. 

That's it from the yap centre. Gotta rest these fired up limbs of mine, thank you so much APOEL defence. 


03:05 (IST)22 NOV 2017

92' Ceballos finds Asensio on the left side of the box. He can't go past the defenders but wins a throw-in. Madrid still trying to get ahead and score one more.

03:04 (IST)22 NOV 2017

91' 3 minutes of stoppage time. Sigh.

03:03 (IST)22 NOV 2017

90' Dani Carvajal gets a yellow card for time-wasting. He will miss the next match. Rather silly there. But it's hard to believe that it was pre-meditated. There is no point to it anyway.

03:03 (IST)22 NOV 2017

89' I feel like the ref should just blow the whistle as soon as the clock hits 90 and just put APOEL out of their misery. If this was a boxing match, the post-match presentations would've been done half an hour earlier and I would be napping right now.

03:01 (IST)22 NOV 2017

87' Madrid are searching for the 7th goal. They are dominating the ball again and passing it around like champions.

02:59 (IST)22 NOV 2017

85' Efrem tries to power one into the net from the left side of the box but Carvajal blocks it and clears it out for a throw-in.

02:58 (IST)22 NOV 2017

84' Asensio leading the counterattack as it is 6 on 2 in their favour. But Asensio's squared ball is not finished off and APOEL break on the counter. End to end stuff suddenly. But APOEL are wasteful in possession once again and lose out on a good opportunity to pull one back.

02:57 (IST)22 NOV 2017

83' Aloneftis tries to cross one in from the left flank after APOEL break on a counter. But his cross is too close to the near post and Casilla has to flick it over the bar for a corner. Ronaldo clears the subsequent corner out. 

02:55 (IST)22 NOV 2017

81' Horrible freekick and Real Madrid break on the counter again. Asensio surges ahead to find Theo Hernandez in space down the left side of the box. He squares it to Ceballos who slides to reach it but it lands awkwardly for him and the ball is chipped over the bar.

02:54 (IST)22 NOV 2017

80' Carvajal pulls Zahid to the ground from behind and APOEL have a freekick from 30 yards out.

02:53 (IST)22 NOV 2017

80' Speculative effort from almost near the halfway line but Casilla takes it with a 'Thank you.'

02:53 (IST)22 NOV 2017

79' Theo Hernandez once again the offender as he brings Pote down near the halfway line

02:52 (IST)22 NOV 2017

79' Lucas Vasquez tries to break through into the box with some trickery but Carlao wins the ball back from him.

02:50 (IST)22 NOV 2017

77' Freekick for APOEL near the right corner flag as Zahid is brought down by Theo.

02:49 (IST)22 NOV 2017

76' APOEL fans are still jumping in the stands. Nothing will dampen their spirits. Not even half a dozen goals! Class.

02:47 (IST)22 NOV 2017

74' Carvajal skips past 2 defenders and then tries to find Mayoral who tries to feed it back to him. Unfortunately, APOEL clears for a corner. The corner is rubbish though.

02:46 (IST)22 NOV 2017

71' Varane with an enterprising run down the centre, goes past 3 defenders before finding Asensio on the left side of the area. Asensio's shot is blocked out for a corner by Perez. Lucas Vasquez is flagged offside as he tries to make a run in behind the APOEL defence.

02:42 (IST)22 NOV 2017

69' You gotta give it to the APOEL fans who are still singing their hearts out in the stands despite the terrible performance they are bearing witness to.

02:41 (IST)22 NOV 2017

68' Asensio's freekick is headed out for a corner. It comes to nothing though. But Madrid are still on the front foot.

02:40 (IST)22 NOV 2017

67' Cristiano Ronaldo is brought down on the right flank. The ref keeps his cards inside his pocket but awards Madrid a freekick. Asensio will swing this one in.

02:39 (IST)22 NOV 2017

66' Substitution for APOEL! Lorenzo Ebecilio comes in for Nuno Morais

02:38 (IST)22 NOV 2017

65' Real Madrid are still pressing high up the pitch. They're simply not done here tonight and more goals seem to be in the offing.

02:36 (IST)22 NOV 2017

63' Benzema comes off to make way for Borja Mayoral. 

02:36 (IST)22 NOV 2017

62' Ronaldo and Benzema have crashed into each other and both of them seem to be in some pain. Carvajal was crossing the ball in from the right and both attackers wanted it for themselves.

02:34 (IST)22 NOV 2017

61' Aloneftis' ball is poor and Carvajal leaves it on it's journey on to the advertising boards.

02:34 (IST)22 NOV 2017

60' APOEL have a freekick, 35 yards out. Aloneftis will take it.

02:33 (IST)22 NOV 2017

60' Zahid's corner is fisted away by Casilla.

02:33 (IST)22 NOV 2017

59' Aloneftis wins a corner for APOEL. Substitution for APOEL- Ronaldo Sallai comes off and George Efrem comes in.

02:32 (IST)22 NOV 2017

58' APOEL will want to keep this down to single digits and even that seems like quite a stretch right now.

02:31 (IST)22 NOV 2017

57' Substitutions for Real Madrid- Theo Hernandez in for Marcelo. Dani Ceballos in for Toni Kroos.

02:29 (IST)22 NOV 2017

56' Nacho is down. He is caught by Pote who thrusts his elbow into Nacho's throat. Payback? 

02:27 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Rueda with a terrible and weak backpass to Perez which barely even crawls into the box. Benzema gets to it but Perez somehow sticks a leg out to deflect it into the path of Ronaldo who shoots with his left foot without thinking twice and finds the unguarded net with ease.

02:26 (IST)22 NOV 2017

53' Vinicius tries to stay on his feet after he is crashed into by Modric but he eventually hits the floor and APOEL get a freekick near the centre of the pitch.

02:25 (IST)22 NOV 2017

51' Oh Cristiano! Should have hit the target.

APOEL fans are trying their best to get their team going but the gear seems to have jammed. Ronaldo wins the ball back near the half and forays into the danger area before playing a one-two with Benzema. Ronaldo finds himself in adequate space on the left side of the box but his shot is agonizingly wide as he fails to add to his tally.

02:21 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Lucas Vasquez drags one back from the right wing to find Asensio on the edge of the area. Asensio shifts the ball to his left foot and swings to the left wing to find Marcelo. Marcelo sees Ronaldo at the far post and finds him with precision and Ronaldo leaps high into the air and pumps it into the netting. This is brutality.

02:21 (IST)22 NOV 2017

47' Real Madrid seem to have decided to go easy on the tempo a bit here. But that's only fair. What a scintillating first-half performance it was from the men in white.

02:19 (IST)22 NOV 2017

46' Corner is headed out by Vinicius. APOEL on the break now. Morais tries to find Pote down the centre with a dinked ball but Casilla is first to it.

02:19 (IST)22 NOV 2017

45' Modric finds Asensio in space down the left flank. He tries to cut inside but APOEL clear it for a corner.

02:18 (IST)22 NOV 2017

PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP! We're off again! The second half has commenced and boy are we in for a treat!

02:04 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Woah woah woah. Did. not. see. that. coming.

What an onslaught! Real Madrid looking like the juggernaut that ran away with the Champions League title as all their attackers seem to be firing on all cylinders. Benzema seems to have found his scoring boots again. Ronaldo has been heavily involved in 2 goals and has an assist. The same goes for Toni Kroos. Luca Modric had earlier started the scoring with a wondrous strike.

02:01 (IST)22 NOV 2017

45' Karim Benzema scores again! Unselfish from Ronaldo!  

APOEL were attacking just 20 seconds back. Zahid feeds Morais down the centre. He frees up Lago on the left wing. Lago then slides it to Aloneftis who surges into the area from the left and tries to drive one into the area. But it gets deflected out for a corner. Casilla runs out and punches the corner clear as Real Madrid are out on the counter. Toni Kroos plays a delectable through ball down the centre as Benzema squares it to Ronaldo. Ronaldo shimmies past his man and then selflessly returns the ball to Benzema who slots it into the back of the net with ease and grace. Real Madrid are looking ominous as ever!

01:58 (IST)22 NOV 2017

42' Real Madrid have taken control of this game and the wheel is safe in their hands. They're looking very confident tonight.

01:56 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Asensio takes the corner. 3 APOEL defenders attack Varane who leaps higher than all of them to head it ahead and Nacho has enough time to flick it past Perez to put this game to bed. Relentless, resolute attacking football from the Champions. 

01:54 (IST)22 NOV 2017


Kroos and Ronaldo play a delightful one-two in the centre of the pitch as Benzema makes a brilliant run through the centre to drift into space. Kroos then plays a perfectly weighted through ball into his path and Benzema takes his time and goes right to score only his 3rd goal of the season. The champions are indeed starting to look like themselves now.

01:54 (IST)22 NOV 2017

38' Nacho with an excellent challenge on Lago near the left corner flag to fend off another APOEL attack that was starting to look promising.

01:52 (IST)22 NOV 2017

37' Marcelo teaming up with Asensio on the left flank. Marcelo has the chance to put one into the box but he bottles it and Madrid will have to retreat and try again.

01:51 (IST)22 NOV 2017

36' Catching practice for Casilla as the freekick comes to nothing.

01:51 (IST)22 NOV 2017

35' Nacho brings Pote down once again on the right wing. Very reckless from Nacho and he gets a final warning. That should have been rewarded with yellow. Nacho has been far too dastardly tonight.

01:50 (IST)22 NOV 2017

34' Marco Asensio is flagged offside as Ronaldo tries to find him in an advanced position on the left flank.
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