Real Madrid blanks Copenhagen 2-0 in Champions League

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:24

Copenhagen: Cristiano Ronaldo set a new Champions League scoring record here Tuesday as Real Madrid topped Copenhagen 2-0 in their final match of the group stage.

The Blancos, taking 16 of 18 possible points, cruised to a first-place finish in Group B. The Danish side, with a meager four points, is out of European play for this season.

Luka Modric opened the scoring for the visitors with a strike in the 25th minute and Ronaldo made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second half.

The Portuguese international chalked up nine goals in the six matches of the group stage, a new record in the two-decade old competition featuring Europe`s elite clubs.

The identity of the second Group B squad to advance to the round of 16 won`t be decided until Wednesday, when Juventus - at six points - and Galatasaray, with four, are scheduled to resume play in Istanbul after Tuesday`s contest was suspended due to heavy snow.

Play was stopped at the 30-minute mark with the teams tied 0-0.

In Tuesday`s other action, Bayer Leverkusen beat hapless Real Sociedad 1-0 to grab the second playoff berth from Group A over Shakhtar Donetsk, who lost 1-0 to group winner Manchester United.

Benfica edged Group C winner Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 to boost their point total to 10, the same as Olympiacos.

But the Greek side, victorious 3-1 over Anderlecht Tuesday, snagged second place on the strength of having defeated the Portuguese squad in head-to-head play.

Defending champion Bayern Munich retained the top spot in Group D despite losing 3-2 at home Tuesday to Manchester City.

While each team finished with 15 points, the German club took first place on goal differential.


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First Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:24

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