Real Madrid beats Copenhagen 2-0

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.

Madrid, which already secured top spot in Group B, took the lead

when Croatia playmaker Luka Modric curled the ball into the

top-right corner in the 25th minute.

Ronaldo, who seemed absent during the first 45 minutes, scored

three minutes into the second half – pouncing on a ball headed on

by Pepe. He should have added his 10th goal of the campaign – but

missed a 90th penalty.

”I’ve broken a Champions League record and I feel very happy

about it,” Ronaldo said. ”The team’s in good shape, feeling

confident while playing attractive football.”

Though Madrid had more possession, Copenhagen caused its

opponents problems on the counter-attack.

The visitors tested goalkeeper Johan Wiland, whose saves include

diverting a low shot by Ronaldo with his fingertips. Toward the end

of the first half, a header by Copenhagen’s Thomas Delaney finished

in the Madrid net but the goal was disallowed by German referee

Felix Brych due to a collision with keeper Iker Casillas.

Copenhagen’s Rurik Gislason tried his luck with a shot in the

early stages of the second half but the ball ended in the

side-netting. Later, Casillas punched away another shot by the

Icelandic midfielder.

However, Madrid was in complete control of the game, led by

Ronaldo and backed by a solid defense. The home team, backed by a

crowd of 37,000, tried in vain to force itself back into the

match.

Ronaldo hit the post in the 75th minute, while teammate Gareth

Bale missed another opportunity for Madrid’s third goal in the 82nd

minute as he surged into the box.

Seconds before the final whistle, Wiland punched away Ronaldo’s

powerfully-struck penalty kick.

While Madrid will play in the last 16, the Danish club finished

bottom of the group and exits European competition for the

season.

”It was a serious game that wasn’t at all easy,” Madrid coach

Carlo Ancelotti said. “My players did well, and showed good

attitude and solid play.”