Friday 21 September 2018

Ronaldo leads Real rout to top

Champions League round-up

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his side's 4th goal
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his side's 4th goal

Cristiano Ronaldo set a record for goals scored in the group stage of the Champions League of 11 when he netted four against Malmo in Real Madrid's 8-0 victory.

The Portugal forward made it 3-0 to Real six minutes before halftime at the Bernabeu and added three more goals in the 47th, 50th and 59th minutes.

Ronaldo, who has reached double figures for a fifth consecutive Champions League campaign, extended his all-time Champions League scoring record to 88 goals. A Karim Benzema hat-trick and Mateo Kovavic's strike also helped the Spanish capital reach the last 16, topping Group A.

Elsewhere in the group, Lucas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped a second-string Paris St Germain side beat Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 as the big-spending French club ended their campaign on a high.

Brazilian Lucas scored in the 57th minute while Sweden forward Ibrahimovic struck late on as PSG finished second in the table with 13 points from six games, behind Real.

In Spain Atletico Madrid progressed to the last 16 with a 2-1 win over Benfica in Group C last night.

Saul Niguez drew first blood in the 33rd minute for the Spanish side making it 1-0 before the break.

Luciano Vietto added in the 55th before Konstantinos Mitroglou got one back for the Portuguese side who also move beyond the group stages.

Elsewhere, Sevilla will be chasing their third straight Europa League title after Fernando Llorente scored against his former club Juventus to secure a 1-0 win for the Spanish side in Group D.

Juve and Manchester City were already assured of a place in the last 16 and the English club's win meaning Sevilla finished third, clinching a spot in Europe's second-tier club competition.

Former Spain striker Llorente headed past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 65th minute.

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