Cristiano Ronaldo continued his sparkling form in the Champions
League with two goals in Real Madrid’s 4-0 victory over FC
Copenhagen on Wednesday.
Ronaldo scored with two headers, first meeting Marcelo’s long,
precise cross in the 24th minute and then capping a creative
buildup in the 65th.
He scored a hat trick in Madrid’s opening 6-1 win over
Galatasaray two weeks ago.
Angel Di Maria made up for several first-half misses against
Copenhagen by scoring Madrid’s third goal, in the 71st minute,
before scoring again in stoppage time.
”The key was the desire we put into the match,” Madrid
defender Pepe said. ”The whole team has worked hard to win the
game, and that makes the job easier.”
Madrid, under pressure following a poor domestic run and without
the injured Gareth Bale, completely dominated the Danish champions
at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and now leads Group B with six
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he was pleased with the match,
saying it had a good beginning, intensity and balance. ”We tried
to carry on scoring right into the last minutes, there was a good
attitude in the team.”
Even Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken praised Ronaldo, calling
him a match-winner. ”He is the man of the match with his two
Juventus drew 2-2 against Galatasaray in the other group match
on Wednesday and is in second spot with two points.
Madrid took the game to their Danish opponents from the start,
with Karim Benzema heading wide with only goalkeeper Johan Wiland
But the hosts were rewarded for constant pressure when Marcelo’s
cross dipped over the outstretched arms of Wiland to find Ronaldo
at the far post for the opening goal.
Both Benzema and Di Maria had glaring misses in the first half
as Di Maria’s pace and verve opened up space in the attack and
Marcelo continued to provide pin-point crosses.
Copenhagen needed 28 minutes to test Madrid goalkeeper Iker
Casillas, who played his first full game of the season after
injuring his hand in the win over Galatasaray.
Rurik Gislason headed a 40th-minute corner past Casillas but
Luka Modric cleared it off the line – not before Copenhagen coach
Stale Solbakken did a cartwheel along the sidelines thinking his
side’s best opportunity of the period had gone in.
Benzema’s deft backheel pass found Di Maria’s run into the box,
leading to a short cross that Ronaldo headed home for his 55th goal
in the competition on his 100th appearance in the Champions
After holding Juventus to a draw at home in the last round,
Copenhagen was outplayed in the Spanish capital and had little
chance of a comeback after Di Maria cut inside to unleash a
left-foot shot beyond the diving Wiland.
The Argentina forward found similar space in added time, when
Casillas made a pair of saves to keep a clean sheet.
Ancelotti said the club was not worried about Bale’s injury.
”He’s had a scan and has nothing special. He has to recover his
condition because his pre-season wasn’t so good.”