Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times to set a new record for most goals scored in the Champions League group stage as Real Madrid also saw the record victory in the competition on Tuesday with an 8-0 mauling of Malmo. Ronaldo’s tally of 11 goals in the group stages has broken the previous record of nine held by himself in 2013/14 and of Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk in last season.
The first goal arrived after 12 minutes when Benzema was on hand to sweep home in an empty net after Isco’s first effort had been cleared off the line. Malmo’s poor defending allowed Benzema to double the hosts’ advantage in the middle of the game through the first-half when he headed in unmarked from Ronaldo’s cross.
Ronaldo had two fierce efforts which were well saved by Malmo’s veteran goalkeeper Johan Wiland, but the 34-year-old was to blame when the World Player of the Year scored his first goal for the evening with a free-kick that went into the far corner.
Unlike in recent matches where Real Madrid have eased off in the second-half after gaining a comfortable half-time lead, Benitez’s men went for the win after the break as they sensed history.
Ronaldo then took advantage of a loose ball which was inside the area to make it 4-0 and then he fired across Wiland into the corner to register his record-breaking 10th goal in the group stage within the first four minutes of the second-half.
After this performance against Malmo, Ronaldo has surely given the answer to all the people who were asking him about his retirement after Messi announced his retirement and has made sure that the retirement topic to not be risen again in the coming future.
21 September 2016