Cristiano Ronaldo took his Champions League tally to five goals in two outings this season when he scored with two headers to help Real Madrid to a thumping 4-0 victory over FC Copenhagen in Group B on Wednesday.
Angel Di Maria also struck twice at the Bernabeu and set up Ronaldo’s second goal as Real put a couple of poor performances in La Liga behind them with another emphatic display in Europe following their 6-1 drubbing of Galatasaray last month.
The home team’s firepower proved too strong for a stubborn Copenhagen side who despite struggling domestically put up some stiff resistance in their first meeting with the nine-times European champions.
Portugal forward Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in Istanbul with another sparkling display and Argentina winger Di Maria also turned in a fine performance in the absence of injured world record signing Gareth Bale.
Shakhtar, UTD draw
Manchester United were forced to hold on at Shakhtar Donetsk but managed to grab a 1-1 draw. United, missing the injured Wayne Rooney but with Robin van Persie back in attack, went ahead after 18 minutes when Marouane Fellaini pulled the ball back for Danny Welbeck to stab home from close range after Jaroslav Rakitskiy failed to clear. But 15 minutes from time Rakitskiy’s cross on the left was only half cleared by Nemanja Vidic and Taison crashed the ball home.