UEFA Champions League

Ronaldo scores twice as Madrid opens with 3-0 win over APOEL

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AP Sports Writer

MADRID (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his return as Real Madrid began its quest for a third straight Champions League title by beating Cypriot club APOEL 3-0 on Wednesday.

Ronaldo scored in each half in his first match since being suspended for shoving a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final last month.

He's still suspended for one more match of his five-game suspension, but cleared to play in European competition.

Sergio Ramos scored the third goal at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where Madrid hasn't lost a group-stage game in almost eight years.

The Spanish powerhouse has won 12 of its last 13 Champions League games at the Bernabeu.

Tottenham defeated Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the other Group H match.

It didn't take long for Ronaldo to make a difference. In the 12th minute, he scored with an angled shot from near the far post after a low cross by Gareth Bale. His second in the 51st was a penalty kick after a handball was called inside the area.

Ronaldo has the most successful penalty kick goals in Champions League history, with 12, one more than Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo also struck the crossbar, and had two goals disallowed for offside.

Madrid's third goal came in the 61st when Ramos flicked the ball into the net while with his back to the goal and with a defender closely marking him.

APOEL was eliminated by Madrid when it made its surprising run to the quarterfinals in 2012.

The Cyprus team has not won any of its 12 away matches in the Champions League, losing the last six in row.

Madrid defensive midfielder Mateo Kovacic had to be substituted midway through the first half because of an apparent muscle injury.

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Updated September 13, 2017

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