Apoel's dream run over - Jovanovic

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APOEL Nicosia coach Ivan Jovanovic believes his side are as good as eliminated from the Champions League following their 3-0 home defeat to Real Madrid in Tuesday night's quarter-final first leg in Cyprus.

The hosts battled gamely but were finally breached in the 74th minute when the impressive Kaka set up Karim Benzema before the Brazilian tucked away fellow substitute Marcelo's excellent cutback eight minutes later. Benzema's second gave the scoreline an emphatic look despite a mighty defensive effort by APOEL.

"The result was fair," Jovanovic said in the post-match press conference. "We tried to contain them but they upped their tempo towards the end and we could not hold on. Madrid are in the semi-finals, there's no question about that. I even believe that they will reach the final and hopefully win it."

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