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An exciting and one-sided match at the Santiago Bernabeu ended in a 4-0 victory for Real Madrid over visiting Lyon, extending their lead at the top of the group to five points. With two previous wins under their belt, Madrid will now feel that qualification to the knockout stages is fairly assured, although they will be sure to not take anything for granted in the reverse fixture against Lyon at the Stade Gerland.
Lyon meanwhile will now have their hands full contending with the threat of Ajax for the runner-up position, who triumphed over Dinamo Zagreb and now sit above the French side on goal difference. Real Madrid got off to the perfect start when Cristiano Ronaldo flicked on Mesut Ozil’s corner, finding Karim Benzema at the far post for the Frenchman to simply tap in and give his side the lead.
Madrid seemed to grow visibly in confidence with the goal, and were soon dominating both possession and tempo as they searched for a way to extend their lead. Although they were now in complete control of the game, Madrid had to wait until the beginning of the second half for their next goal, Benzema picking up on a defensive slip, and gaining possession of the ball before slipping it across to the onrushing Sami Khedeira who fired home from 12 yards out.
Things then went from bad to worse for Lyon, as Madrid collected their third goal when Ozil’s low cross was turned into the back of the net by goalkeeper Hugo Loris, confirming victory to all but the most cautious of Madrid fans.
Not content with having helped keep a clean sheet for his side, defender Sergio Ramos then stepped up with Madrid’s fourth and final goal, as he was given far too much time on the ball following a corner from Kaka, and could take his time before hitting the ball into the back of the net.
Manager Jose Mourinho will be extremely happy with his team’s performance and will be confident that they can remain unbeaten in their three remaining group games, ensuring they face an easier draw come the knockout stages.
Ajax’s victory over Zagreb does not bode well for Lyon, as they now drop to third place in the group, and they will be targeting their upcoming fixture against the Dutch side as a must win if they are to progress to the next round of the competition.