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UEFA Champions League

October 18, 2006

Brilliant Real Madrid struck twice in each half to beat Steaua Bucharest 4-1 in their pivotal Champions League Group E match on Tuesday.

Sergio Ramos (in the picture) scored for Real from a 10th minute corner and Raul made it 2-0 in the 34th minute from a rebound after the Steaua goalkeeper deflected a strike from Ruud Van Nistelrooy.

A fast counter-attack put Robihno in an ideal position to score from a tight angle 11 minutes into the second half.

Valentin Badea pulled one back for the home side with a close range effort 25 minutes from time but Van Nistelrooy slammed the door with a superb lob 14 minutes from the end.

Real are now second in the group with six points, three behind Olympique Lyon but three ahead of Steaua.

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