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
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
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
”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.”