Cristiano Ronaldo’s double took him past 500 career goals and handed Real Madrid a 2-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Malmo last night.
The Portugal international struck after 29 minutes and then at the death to claim victory in Sweden and maintain his side’s perfect start to their Group A campaign. In the process, Ronaldo, who started the night with 499 goals to his name, equalled Raul’s club record of 323 and will now hope to surpass that mark in Sunday’s Madrid derby.
Swedish champions Malmo had defender Yoshimar Yotun sent off for a second bookable offence late on.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was frustrated in his attempts to overhaul Paris St Germain’s all-time goalscoring record as a late strike was officially recorded as an own goal.
Ibrahimovic thought he had scored his 108th goal for PSG, equalled Pauleta’s record and sealed a 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in one fell toe poke, but his shot deflected off Darijo Srna and UEFA awarded the goal to Shakhtar’s captain. It was almost the perfect end to a comfortable evening for PSG, with Serge Aurier the other, less likely catalyst in PSG’s win as he scored one and assisted another in a blistering first-half.
CSKA Moscow held off a second-half fightback from PSV Eindhoven to open their Champions League account with a 3-2 victory at the Arena Khimki.
With Manchester United beating Wolfsburg 2-1, it means all four teams in Group B are tied on three points.
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