Ronaldo sets record, Madrid routs Malmo 8-0 in CL

MADRID (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 10 goals or more in the group stage of the Champions League, claiming four goals Tuesday as Real Madrid routed Malmo 8-0.

The Portuguese striker reached 11 goals in six games, surpassing the nine goals scored by Luiz Adriano with Shakhtar Donetsk last season. Ronaldo also scored nine times in the 2013-14 season.

Ronaldo also set up two goals by Karim Benzema, who scored a hat trick at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

The game meant little for Madrid because it had already secured first place in Group A, but the convincing victory helped ease the pressure on coach Rafa Benitez and president Florentino Perez.