APOEL need miracle against Madrid in Champions

AP, Tuesday 3 Apr 2012

Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win away to open the quarterfinal

Real Madrid
Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho from Portugal, second from right, talks with the club's assistant trainer Aitor Karanka, right, while his players attend a training session in Madrid, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Real Madrid should reach its second straight Champions League semifinals under coach Jose Mourinho barring a catastrophic collapse against Cypriot team APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win away to open the quarterfinal and the Spanish powerhouse has won 26 of 27 series in which it has opened away with a triumph, including all three after taking the first match by such a score.

APOEL, meanwhile, has never overcome such a deficit in 10 previous ties.

The Spanish league leader’s potent attack has been on display in its last three straight wins, with Cristiano Ronaldo taking his season tally to 47 goals, including a league-leading 37 after a pair of goals in Saturday’s 5-1 rout at Osasuna.

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