Another record for Ron­aldo, another win for Madrid

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY TALES AZ­ZONI

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo sur­passed the 500-goal mark and Real Madrid hailed him as the club’s all- time lead­ing scorer on Wed­nes­day, while Manch­ester United and Manch­ester City re­bounded from open­ing losses to re­main in con­tention in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Paris Saint-Ger­main and Ju­ven­tus also won their matches in the Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion and re­main in a good po­si­tion af­ter two rounds of group stage matches.

Ron­aldo scored his 500th and 501st goals in Swe­den, pass­ing Raul’s mark of 323 goals ac­cord­ing to the Span­ish club, which counts a goal that has of­fi­cially been awarded to Pepe. UEFA said the play­ers are still level at 323.

“I’m very happy,” Ron­aldo said. “First of all be­cause the team won. But I won’t lie to you. I re­ally wanted to beat Raul’s record.”

Ron­aldo said Raul had sent him a mes­sage of con­grat­u­la­tions.

The Por­tuguese for­ward took his Cham­pi­ons League record tally to 82 goals, five more than Lionel Messi.

“We are happy with Cris­tiano Ron­aldo’s goals,” de­fender Al­varo Ar­be­loa said. “It’s in­cred­i­ble what he’s do­ing. He is a leg­end in Real Madrid. It seems there is no limit to what he can do.”

Here is a look at Wed­nes­day’s Cham­pi­ons League matches:

Group A

Ron­aldo en­sured Real Madrid kept its share of the Group A lead, along with Paris Saint-Ger­main.

The Por­tu­gal for­ward scored in the 29th and 90th min­utes against Malmo, which played with 10 men from the 78th as left back Yoshi­mar Yo­tun was sent off with a sec­ond yel­low card.

Swedish po­lice said 20 Madrid sup­port­ers were de­tained for dis­or­derly con­duct be­fore the match.

PSG eased to a 3- 0 win at Shakhtar af­ter de­fender Serge Aurier scored a goal and set up another.

The Ivory Coast right back headed in PSG’s opener in the sev­enth minute and served up a cor­ner kick for David Luiz to make it 2-0 in the 23rd.

PSG sealed vic­tory when Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic un­leashed a shot that ric­o­cheted off Shakhtar cap­tain Dar­ijo Srna and flew into the net as an own goal in the 90th.

Group B

All four Group B teams are now level on three points af­ter Manch­ester United de­feated Wolfs­burg 2-1 in Eng­land and CSKA Moscow edged PSV Eind­hoven 3-2 at home.

Juan Mata scored one goal and set up another as United ral­lied to win its first group match. Daniel Caligiuri put Wolfs­burg ahead af­ter four min­utes, but Mata won and con­verted a penalty to equal­ize be­fore half­time and Chris Smalling slot­ted the ball past Diego Be­naglio to seal the win in the 53rd.

In Rus­sia, Sey­dou Doumbia scored twice as CSKA held off a sec­ond- half come­back by PSV. CSKA led 3-0 at half­time but PSV bounced back with two goals from Maxime Lesti­enne and had chances to level the score late.

Group C

Ben­fica moved into a com­fort­able po­si­tion atop Group C with the sur­prise 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid, open­ing a three-point ad­van­tage af­ter two matches.

Ben­fica has six points and Atletico has three, while Galatasaray and As­tana, which drew 2-2 in Kaza­khstan ear­lier Wed­nes­day, have one point each.

Atletico Madrid went ahead with An­gel Cor­rea in the 23rd, but Ar­gen­tine midfielder Ni­co­las Gai­tan equal­ized in the 36th and Goncalo Guedes put the Por­tuguese cham­pi­ons ahead in the 51st. Brazil­ian World Cup vet­eran goal­keeper Julio Ce­sar played well to keep the hosts from re­cov­er­ing.

There were three own goals in the match in Kaza­khstan, in­clud­ing As­tana’s 89th-minute equal­izer. It was the first game in the main stages of the Cham­pi­ons League to be held in the Cen­tral Asian na­tion of Kaza­khstan, which has been con­sid­ered part of Europe for soc­cer pur­poses since 2002.

Group D

Ju­ven­tus and Manch­ester City cast aside their do­mes­tic woes to pick up im­por­tant wins in the Cham­pi­ons League on Wed­nes­day.

Ju­ven­tus stayed ahead in Group D by de­feat­ing Sevilla 2-0 in Italy, while City’s first vic­tory came at Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach.

Al­varo Mo­rata equaled a Ju­ven­tus club record by scor­ing in a fifth suc­ces­sive Cham­pi­ons League match to put last year’s run­ner-up three points clear atop the group. Si­mone Zaza sealed the vic­tory in the end.

Manch­ester City moved level with Sevilla af­ter Ser­gio Aguero scored a last-minute penalty to help the Premier League side snatch a dra­matic 2-1 vic­tory in Ger­many.

Aguero was fouled by United States de­fender Fabian John­son in the 89th and sent ‘Glad­bach keeper Yann Som­mer the wrong way to se­cure the win.

Moenchenglad­bach was play­ing Euro­pean Cup soc­cer at home for the first time in 37 years.

AP

Real Madrid’s Cris­tiano Ron­aldo cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing the open­ing goal dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League Group A soc­cer match be­tween Malmo FF and Real Madrid at Malmo New Sta­dium in Malmo, Swe­den, Wed­nes­day, Sept. 30.

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