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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane warned defences around Europe that Cristiano Ronaldo is only just getting started when the Portuguese returned to action after a month by scoring twice in a 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday.

Ronaldo coolly rolled Gareth Bale’s cross into the far corner to score in the 12th minute and could have scored on three further occasions before he doubled Real’s lead from the penalty spot in the second half, while he was later denied a hat-trick by an offside flag.

Ronaldo was hit with a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup first leg against Barcelona on Aug. 13, preventing him from playing the second leg and league games against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia and Levante as well as this Sunday’s trip to Real Sociedad.

Real badly missed Ronaldo in the draws against Valencia and Levante, with Bale looking unsuited to the centre forward role and Karim Benzema being forced off injured early in the latter game, leaving the inexperienced Borja Mayoral as the team’s only fit natural striker at the time.

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