Easy for Real Madrid

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March 09, 2016
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League round of 16 match against Roma yesterday. Real Madrid won 2-0.

MADRID (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez scored second-half goals to help Real Madrid defeat Roma 2-0 and advance to the Champions League quarter-finals for the sixth consecutive season yesterday.

Ronaldo scored his 13th goal in the competition this season by turning home a cross by substitute forward Lucas Vazquez in the 64th, and Rodriguez added to the lead four minutes later with a low shot from inside the area to give Madrid a 4-0 aggregate victory.

"It was a difficult game, but in the end we got our objective, which was to go through," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

Roma had a few clear chances before Madrid scored but could not capitalise on them to reverse the 2-0 loss in Rome, failing in their attempt to reach the quarters for the first time in eight years.

Forward Mohamed Salah had two incredible opportunities that could have changed the match if they had gone in. Striker Edin Dzeko also was in a good position to open the scoring but squandered his chance.

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