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New Ronaldo milestones as Madrid edge Malmö

Published: Wednesday 30 September 2015, 23.00CET
Malmö 0-2 Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's 29th-minute strike – his 500th senior goal – and a notable late second decided the Group A contest in southern Sweden.
by Sujay Dutt
from Malmö New Stadium
New Ronaldo milestones as Madrid edge Malmö
Cristiano Ronaldo takes the plaudits after breaking the deadlock in Malmo ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

MalmöReal Madrid

Goals scored0
2
Possession (%)31
 
69
Total attempts5
 
21
on target4
 
7
off target1
 
9
blocked0
5
against woodwork0
1
Corners1
 
7
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
16
Passes249
 
838
completed181
 
769

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 14/06/2016 17:08 CET
 
Published: Wednesday 30 September 2015, 23.00CET

New Ronaldo milestones as Madrid edge Malmö

Malmö 0-2 Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's 29th-minute strike – his 500th senior goal – and a notable late second decided the Group A contest in southern Sweden.

  • Real Madrid make it two wins out of two in Group A
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's memorable double consigns Malmö to second loss
  • Åge Hareide's Swedish champions go closest through Markus Rosenberg
  • Ronaldo reaches 500 goals for club and country, then equals Raúl's club record
  • Next matches: Malmö-Shakhtar, Paris-Real Madrid (21 October)

Real Madrid chalked up a second successive victory in UEFA Champions League Group A after two milestone goals from Cristiano Ronaldo subdued Malmö in southern Sweden.

Malmö coach Åge Hareide had spoken of the importance of keeping Ronaldo facing towards his own goal in this matchday two contest – the theory being it would also keep the Madrid No7 off the scoresheet. In practice, the tactic failed blatantly as the Portuguese international netted on 29 and 90 minutes to clinch the points. The landmark first was his 500th career goal for club and country; the second brought him level with the great Raúl González in the Madrid scoring charts.

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It was a landmark night for matchwinner Ronaldo

Understandably the prospect of taking on arguably the most glamorous side and player in the competition had excitement levels soaring among Malmö fans right from kick-off – and just a few seconds in, Anton Tinnerholm provoked a celebratory roar by winning the ball ahead of Ronaldo.

Eight minutes later the Malmö full-back also had the first shot on target, though Keylor Navas was not unduly troubled. At the opposite end, the Merengues took until the 15th minute to force Malmö keeper Johan Wiland in action, albeit with an innocuous-looking cross.

Wiland's night quickly got more complicated, however, and Ronaldo in particular tested his range with three attempts inside two minutes. Soon enough the Portugal captain was ready to make it 1–0. The goal came from a fast break, Isco providing the final ball which allowed Ronaldo time and space to pick his spot.

Ronaldo proud to reach milestones

Dani Carvajal came close to doubling the lead before half-time, the defender's sliced volley bouncing off the underside of the crossbar.

The second half largely saw Rafael Benítez's men control their advantage. Even so, they might have been punished when Markus Rosenberg's glancing header skidded past Navas's post. As it was, the last word went to Ronaldo.

After seeing an effort palmed away by Wiland, the 30-year-old slid his second past the keeper in the 90th minute after a move involving Carvajal and substitute Lucas Vázquez. The forward duly had his 323rd Merengues goal, level with Raúl's all-time record for the club.

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Mateo Kovačić impressed for Madrid

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Malmö, like so many before them, had a plan for containing Ronaldo. But as with so many of the Swedes' predecessors, 'CR7' had the last laugh. A goal in each half settled an otherwise evenly matched affair. Of course, as explained above, both goals also came freighted with personal significance for Madrid's irresistible front man.

Benítez's trust in his squad pays off
Madrid were without several of their brightest stars. Injuries to Gareth Bale, James Rodríguez, Sergio Ramos and Pepe would be felt in any team. Even so, Benítez left healthy regulars Marcelo and Luka Modrić out of his lineup, giving the nod instead to the comparatively untested Nacho, Casemiro and Mateo Kovačić. These players repaid that faith with solid contributions to the win.

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Last updated: 11/11/15 14.53CET

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Lineups

malmö

Malmö

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
WilandJohan Wiland (GK)
1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
3
TinnerholmAnton Tinnerholm
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
6
LewickiOscar Lewicki
6
NachoNacho
8
AduEnoch Kofi Adu
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
Goal29
Goal90
9
RosenbergMarkus Rosenberg (C)
Yellow Card21
8
KroosToni Kroos
13
YotúnYoshimar Yotún
Yellow Card36
Red Card78
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution67
17
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
14
CasemiroCasemiro
Yellow Card37
20
RodićVladimir Rodić
Substitution67
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
21
ÁrnasonKári Árnason
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
Yellow Card11
Substitution73
23
BergetJo Inge Berget
Yellow Card36
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
28
DjurdjićNikola Djurdjić
Substitution81
22
IscoIsco
Yellow Card75
Substitution83

Substitutes

29
AnderssonFredrik Andersson (GK)
13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
5
RakipErdal Rakip
12
MarceloMarcelo
11
MehmetiAgon Mehmeti
18
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
Substitution73
19
Wolff EikremMagnus Wolff Eikrem
Substitution67
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution67
22
SanaTobias Sana
20
JeséJesé
25
CarvalhoFelipe Carvalho
Substitution81
21
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
Substitution83
26
VindheimAndreas Vindheim
29
MayoralBorja Mayoral

Coach

Åge Hareide (NOR) Rafael Benítez (ESP)

Referee

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)

Additional assistant referees

Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution