Ronaldo inspires Real Madrid to win over Milan
Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo scored and set up another goal for Mesut Ozil less than a minute later as Real Madrid beat AC Milan 2-0 to seize control of Champions League Group G on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho`s young Real side, playing with energy and pace, dominated an ageing Milan team and the La Liga giants cemented their place at the top of the group with three wins in three matches.
After a fast-paced opening 10 minutes with few clear chances, Ronaldo struck in the 13th minute with a fierce freekick that flew through the Milan wall.
Within the visitors reeling, he then sprinted in from the left wing to feed Ozil on the edge of the penalty area and the German international`s first-time shot ballooned up off the back of central defender Daniele Bonera and into the net.
Real, who went top of La Liga at the weekend, are flying in their bid for a 10th title in Europe`s elite club competition and are yet to concede a goal in this year`s edition.
Andrea Pirlo was the first Milan player to threaten the home goal in the 29th minute with his side already two goals down.
Iker Casillas had to be alert to keep out the midfielder`s fierce freekick before former Real player Clarence Seedorf blazed over from a good position wide on the left.
In the second half, Real`s forwards created a string of chances with Gonzalo Higuain, Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria all going close to a third.
A toothless Milan, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexandre Pato labouring up front, rarely threatened and former Real player Robinho, who replaced the ineffective Ronaldinho with around 20 minutes remaining, was roundly whistled every time he touched the ball.