Real Madrid head coach Zinédine Zidane was a happy and relieved man after guiding his side to hold off a wasteful Roma side in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg encounter in Spain.
Roma who had plenty of chances to get back into the tie before Madrid struck twice to reach the quarter-finals for the sixth season running will be left to rue the three golden chances they squandered with the second leg goalless.
Zidane in a post-match assessment of his side said;
“It was a difficult game but in the end we achieved our objective, which was to go through. And we didn't concede a goal. Over the 90 minutes a lot of things could have happened because we were up against a team with good, fast footballers. But we got the job done.
“Casemiro played well and Lucas Vázquez was also important. He gives his all whenever he plays and he always competes.
“I'm happy with James's goal. He is training well and it's always important for a player like him to score. Every time Cristiano Ronaldo is on the pitch he wants to score and he keeps doing it. We can now look forward to the draw and relax. We need to rest.” Zidane who was taking charge of the team for the first time at home in a champions league fixture told UEFA.com.
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Roma had plenty of chances to get back into the tie but failed to capitalise and the game was up when Ronaldo became the first player to score 90 UEFA Champions League goals. Four minutes later he turned provider, teeing up James as Madrid rubber-stamped their quarter-final place.
Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodríguez struck midway through the second half to complete a resounding 4-0 aggregate win for Real Madrid in the round of 16 – but the scoreline did not tell the whole story.