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Thursday 8 December 2016

Real fend off late Shakhtar rally

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid secured top spot last night in Group A, fighting off a late Shakhtar Donetsk rally, who eventually fell one goal short of earning a point, as the Spanish side won 4-3 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed in the first from the right side of the six-yard box to the centre of the goal on the 18th minute. Ronaldo then made the assist for Luca Modric who was on target after half-time. Daniel Carvajal closely following up within minutes for the Spanish capital.

Real seemed safe after Ronaldo's 70th-minute effort, however, a Teixeira brace and a Ferreira Bonfim goal in the last 13 minutes worried the La Liga giants to the very end.

Atletico Madrid eased through to the round of 16 with a game to spare and eliminated Galatasaray when Antoine Griezmann's double secured a 2-0 win at home to the Turkish side in Group C.

Griezmann, who got both goals in September's 2-0 win at Galatasaray on matchday one, put Diego Simeone's side ahead in the 13th minute when he was left unmarked and headed a Gabi cross firmly past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Meanwhile, Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic crowned a triumphant homecoming with a second-half goal as Paris St Germain crushed Malmo 5-0 to book a place in the last 16 from Real's Group A.

With the 34-year-old Ibrahimovic captaining PSG for the night, Adrien Rabiot netted the first goal after three minutes by heading home Gregory van der Wiel's pinpoint cross. Angel Di Maria doubled the advantage when he coolly slotted the ball past Johan Wiland 11 minutes later after Blaise Matuidi had played a searching ball across Malmo's penalty area.

Ibrahimovic struck five minutes into the second half, surging in from the left before planting the ball beyond Wiland.

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