Real Madrid defeated AS Roma 2-0 on Wednesday night in their first leg of their Round of 16 tie at the Stadio Olimpico to take an advantage into the return leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo in the 57th minute and Jese, with four minutes to the end of the match struck to ensure victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Marcelo returned to the Real Madrid line up while Roma also had Mohamed Salah in the starting line up after an injury worry.
Stephan Elshaarawy had a goal-bound shot blocked in the 14th minute of the game.
Marcelo let fly an audacious shot after a one-two with Cristiano Ronaldo who lofted the ball delightfully to the path of the Brazilian 12 minutes before the end of the first half.
Raphael Varane tracked back to thwart Stephan El Shaarawy who was set to hit a shot in the 44th minute.
James Rodriguez suffered a mild head injury with William Vainqueur the culprit as he set to pounce on a tantalising Ronaldo cross in the 50th minute.
Navas was quick off his lines to deny El Shaaraway four minutes who was racing towards goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock with a trademark right-footed strike in the 57th minute at the edge of the Roma eighteen yard box.
William Vainqueur’s 76th minute swerved and failed to result in an equaliser, Ronaldo narrowly failed to make it 2-0 few seconds later.
Jese made it 2-0 in the 86th minute when he fired past Wojciech Szczesny after a burst of pace that put the Roma defence under pressure.