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Malmö wary of Real Madrid machine

Real Madrid CF started strongly in Group A with an emphatic victory on matchday one and Malmö FF, who lost the same night, will be keen not to fall further behind.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores Madrid's second from the penalty spot against Shakhtar Donetsk
Cristiano Ronaldo scores Madrid's second from the penalty spot against Shakhtar Donetsk ©Getty Images

Real Madrid CF put down an early marker in Group A with a 4-0 dismissal of FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Malmö FF will be wary of their illustrious opponents, who they are meeting for the first time.

Match background 

Malmö
• The Swedish champions, competing in the UEFA Champions League group stage for a second successive season having made their debut in 2014/15, lost 2-0 at Paris Saint-Germain on matchday one.

• The Himmelsblått beat Celtic FC 2-0 at home in the play-off second leg to advance 4-3 on aggregate. A 3-0 home win against FC Salzburg in the third qualifying round saw them through 3-2 on aggregate. In the second qualifying round a 0-0 draw at home to FK Žalgiris Vilnius was followed by a 1-0 win away.

• Malmö, European Cup runners-up in 1979, have finished fourth on the two previous occasions they reached a UEFA competition group stage.

• In last season's Group A they were defending an unbeaten eight-game home sequence in UEFA competition until matchday four, when they were beaten 2-0 by Club Atlético de Madrid. They also went down at home to Juventus and have lost their last five UEFA Champions League group matches in succession.

• Malmö's only other assignment with Spanish opponents was also against Atlético, in the 1966/67 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round. Luis Aragonés scored in both legs as Atlético won 2-0 away and 3-1 at home.

Real Madrid
• This is the Whites' first encounter with a Swedish club. 

• The Spanish giants won all three away group fixtures last season; the previous campaign they won two and drew the other. Their unbeaten away group run stands at seven, since a 2-1 defeat at Borussia Dortmund in 2012/13.

• The 0-0 draw at Atlético in last season's quarter-finals was only the second time in 30 UEFA Champions League away fixtures that Madrid had failed to score, since going down 1-0 at Olympique Lyonnais in the 2009/10 round of 16. In that sequence they have suffered only six defeats.

• In 2014/15, the ten-time winners advanced to a fifth successive semi-final, where they lost to Juventus (1-2 away, 1-1 home).

Coach and player links
• Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice past Johan Wiland in Madrid's 4-0 home win over FC København on matchday two in 2013/14. Both he and Luka Modrić scored past the goalkeeper in a 2-0 away win.

• Markus Rosenberg spent 2010/11 season at Real Racing Club, on loan from SV Werder Bremen, and finished top scorer with nine goals, one coming in a 6–1 defeat at Madrid.

• Rosenberg also scored in Bremen's 3-2 home win over Madrid in the 2007/08 UEFA Champions League group stage. 

• A youth player at FC Bayern München, Oscar Lewicki trained with the first team who included Toni Kroos.

• Sergio Ramos scored for Spain against Rosenberg's Sweden in a UEFA EURO 2008 qualifier at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on 17 November 2007. Malmö sporting director Daniel Andersson was also in the lineup.

• Rafaël Varane scored the winner in France's 1-0 friendly win over Sweden at Stade Vélodrome on 18 November 2014.

• As Helsingborg coach Åge Hareide lost twice to Levante UD (0-1a, 1-3h) in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, while with Rosenborg BK in 2003/04 he suffered a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round defeat by RC Deportivo La Coruña (0-0 h, 0-1 a)

• Guillermo Molins played in the Spanish league for Real Betis Balompié, on loan from RSC Anderlecht, in 2013.

• Jo Inge Berget, Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Martin Ødegaard are Norway team-mates.

Match facts

Malmö
• Malmö have lost four of their 26 Allsvenkan fixtures in 2015 – as many defeats as they suffered last term, when they won the title.

• Malmö are unbeaten at home in 11 games (W7 D4) in all competitions since a 3-0 Allsvenkan loss against BK Häcken on 24 May.

• Rasmus Bengtsson was substituted 23 minutes into Malmö's 2-0 triumph over Djurgårdens IF on 20 September after sustaining an ankle injury. He missed the subsequent 4-3 success against Falkenbergs FF and and Saturday's goalless draw at Halmstads BK.

Real Madrid
• Ronaldo became the UEFA Champions League's all-time top scorer with his hat-trick on matchday one, taking his total number of goals in the competition to 80. He has four hat-tricks, fewer only than Lionel Messi (five).

• Before being held 0-0 by Málaga CF on Saturday, Madrid had won their previous five games in all competitions since opening the season with a 0-0 draw at Real Sporting de Gijon.

• Karim Benzema scored in each of those victories, six goals in total.

• Keylor Navas's run of minutes without conceding a goal this term ended at 517 as the Merengues prevailed 2-1 at Athletic Club on 23 September. He was five minutes shy of Miguel Ángel's club Liga record of 423, set in 1975.

• Ronaldo needs three goals to break Raúl González's club record of 323 in all competitions.

• Gareth Bale (calf) and Sergio Ramos (shoulder) are doubtful after being replaced in the defeat of Shakhtar, while Danilo (foot) and James Rodríguez (knee) have not played since 5 and 8 September respectively and Pepe picked up a muscular injury against Athletic.