Cristiano Ronaldo stars in Real Madrid's 2-0 win against Malmo
Cristiano Ronaldo joined Raul as Real Madrid`s most prolific goalscorer when he netted both goals in their 2-0 win over Malmo in Champions League Group A on Wednesday.
Already the top scorer in the competition`s history, Ronaldo rifled home his 81st and 82nd Champions League goals and took his Real tally to 323 alongside Raul with goals in the 29th and 90th minutes.
"I`m very happy that the team won, we kept a clean sheet, that we took three points, that (Christiano) Ronaldo scored two goals and broke a record. We have seen many great goal-scorers in history but he managed to do it in less games," Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez told a news conference after the game.
"Yeah, for sure, I think that to win away, to get three points, a clean sheet and two goals from Ronaldo, another record, I have to be really pleased".
With six points from their opening two games, Rafael Benitez`s side lead Group A on goal difference from their next opponents Paris Saint-Germain, while Malmo, despite two losses, are third having conceded fewer goals than Shakhtar Donetsk.
The dismissal of Malmo`s Peru international Yoshimar Yotun in the 78th minute after picking up his second yellow card effectively ended the game as a contest.
Malmo full back Anton Tinnerholm had kept Ronaldo quiet for much of the opening half hour, but when his side lost the ball on one of their rare forays forward, there was little he or his team mates could do to stop the Portuguese winger.
Later Ronaldo scored again to equal Raul`s record in the final minute after he was set up for a simple finish by substitute Lucas Vazquez.
"For the first we got a counter attack against us and Real Madrid are very good at that. We have to say they took that in a really good way. The second comes at the end and I think he got the possibility when our players were tired and we are one man less. But he`s a good player, there`s no doubt about that," Malmo coach Age Hareide said of the goals.
Madrid dominated possession but Tinnerholm, Markus Rosenberg and Jo-Inge Berget all managed to test Keylor Navas, and Malmo captain Rosenberg flashed a second-half header just wide with the goal at his mercy.