Real Madrid show class

November 22, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo scores Real Madrid's fifth goal during their Champions League Group H match against APOEL Nicosia at GSP stadium in Nicosia yesterday.

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP):

With Karim Benzema finding its scoring touch and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his tally, Real Madrid again made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Benzema scored twice in the first half and Ronaldo netted twice in the second as Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 to guarantee a spot in the last 16 yesterday.

Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.

The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, who lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany in the other Group H match.

Tottenham head into the final round leading Madrid by three points and have already secured first place. Dortmund and APOEL have no chance of advancing.

Madrid also finished second in their group last season, to Dortmund, marking the first time the Spanish club has failed to advance in first place since the 2012-13 season.

Tottenham host APOEL on December 6, while Madrid host Dortmund.

"We came here to qualify and we did it," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "It was a good night. We are satisfied."

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