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Christiano Ronaldo Breaks Uefa Champion League Group Stage Scoring Record. by Tipiflexy(m): 4:21am On Dec 11, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo became the
first player to score nine goals in
the group stage of the
Champions League on Tuesday
as he helped the Spanish giants
to a 2-0 victory at Copenhagen.
Carlo Ancelotti's men have
topped Group B by some
distance and finish with 16
points from 18 after a record-
breaking night.
Luka Modric's fine opener was
the 31st successive European
game in which they have
scored, setting a new
competition record, before
Ronaldo made it safe after the
The Ballon D'Or winner-in-the-
making had a chance to make it
two late on from the spot but
those in the Danish capital were
stunned as the normally-
faultless frontman's effort was
The loss, although expected,
leaves Copenhagen out of both
the Champions League and
Europa League, even before
Galatasaray and Juventus replay
their abandoned game.
It had been rumoured that
Madrid would allow Ronaldo to
start on the bench with top spot
already in the bag, but his
appearance in the starting line-
up came as no surprise either.
What did cause some shock,
though, was that it was
Copenhagen who started on the
front foot.
Piette Bengtsson mishit wide
after a fine counter, before
Christian Bolanos drilled a shot
into Nacho.
Madrid came into things after
that and Karim Benzema drew a
save from Johan Wiland, before
the same men tangled again to
the same result.
The pressure continued to build
and with 25 minutes on the
clock Modric scored, turning
outside the area, fading and
then curling in a brilliant right-
Ronaldo was keen to get in on
the act but found Wiland in the
way of a similar effort, before
being denied by the impressive
stopper again.
Gareth Bale was also frustrated
by Wiland, as was Xabi Alonso
as the traffic became one-way.
The interval did little to stop
that and Wiland produced a fine
near-post stop to thwart
Ronaldo again, but the
Portuguese got his reward in
the 48th minute.
Marcelo's deep cross was
nodded down by Pepe and
Ronaldo did the rest for Real's
800th goal in European football.
An 801st nearly followed but
Nacho was called offside as he
tapped in, before the home side
remembered how to attack as
Igor Vetokele shot over from
close range.
Ronaldo typically showed
greater accuracy at the other
end, although only against the
post after a smart run, before
letting himself down when he
drilled at Wiland from 12 yards
after he had been chopped
down by Thomas Delaney.
Re: Christiano Ronaldo Breaks Uefa Champion League Group Stage Scoring Record. by emmyw(m): 6:17am On Dec 11, 2013

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