Champions League review: Rafa and Real make history

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2015 12:04

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals as Real Madrid and Rafael Benitez made history with an 8-0 Champions League win over Malmo.

Ronaldo netted four times and Mateo Kovacic was also on the scoresheet as the 10-time European Cup winners ran riot at the Bernabeu, matching the figure set by Liverpool in December 2007 when they beat Besiktas by the same score. Benitez has the distinction of being the manager on both occasions.

PSG advanced from Group A behind Real and ended the phase with a 2-0 win courtesy of goals from Lucas Moura and Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Shakhtar Donetsk, who will go into the Europa League.

Juventus lost 1-0 at Sevilla, the result enough for Manchester City to leapfrog the Italians to the top of Group D while Gladbach, beaten by City, slipped to the bottom of the table and dropped out of Europe this season.

Sevilla will have the chance to defend their Europa League crown after Fernando Llorente headed the only goal of the game against his former club.

CSKA Moscow, despite leading through Sergei Ignashevich’s 76th-minute penalty, were unable to pull off a shock win over PSV Eindhoven as Luuk de Jong and Davy Propper replied for the Dutch. Manchester United’s defeat to Wolfsburg means they now face the prospect of playing Europa League football in the new year.

Benfica and Atletico Madrid fought it out in Portugal to top Group C and the visitors were 2-1 victors. Saul Niguez and Luciano Vietto gave the La Liga team a two-goal cushion before substitute Konstantinos Mitroglou pulled one back.

The other game in the group between Galatasaray and Astrana finished 1-1 after Selcuk Inan quickly cancelled out Patrick Twumasi’s opener for the Kazakhstan club. It was enough to see Galatasaray finish third and qualify for the Europa League.

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