Register Login Live

International

Ronaldo Fires Madrid To Victory

It was a slow start from Real Madrid, but five second-half goals from the La Liga side, three courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo, saw them run out convincing 6-1 winners over Galatasaray in their opening Group B UEFA Champions League match at the Turk Telekom Arena on Tuesday night.

It was a rather timid opening 45 minutes from Madrid as the home side outplayed them early on.

Only the brilliance of Iker Casillas kept the scores level in the third minute as he denied Felipe Melo's thunderous 30-yard shot.

Shortly after Madrid suffered a set-back as Casillas had to be replaced by Diego Lopez in the 15th minute due to injury.

Melo threatened again in the 17th minute, but he saw his header fly straight at the keeper from close range.

In the 29th minute Melo was denied once again as Lopez came to Madrid's rescue with another fine stop.

Then, somewhat against the run of play, Madrid took the lead in the 33rd minute as Isco latched onto an exquisite ball over the top and fired a low shot from the edge of the area that crept in via the post, 1-0.

The second 45 saw Madrid really find their footing as they took a stranglehold of the game, scoring five goals, three courtesy of the boot of Ronaldo.

Madrid’s second goal came in the 54th minute as Karim Benzema raced onto a miscued header by Melo to surge in on goal and coolly double the lead, 2-0.

In the 63rd minute Madrid really put the game beyond doubt as Angel di Maria rounded the keeper before hanging up a cross that Isco touched back to Ronaldo who made no mistake from three yards out, 3-0

Four minutes later and Madrid found their fourth goal as Ronaldo tucked home the ball after latching onto a goal-mouth scramble as the Galatasaray defence failed to clear, 4-0.

It was a free-flowing game now and Madrid made it five in the 81st minute as Benzema met a great through ball from Ronaldo to make it 5-0.

Galatasaray did manage a consolation goal three minutes later courtesy of Bulut, 5-1.

Madrid and Ronaldo, though, had the final say as the Portuguese international completed his hat-trick in the 91st minute, crashing a left footed drive into the corner from a tight angle, 6-1.

Check: The Upcoming Champions League Fixtures

Related Articles:

Read: Ramos: Bale Is So Fast And Tricky

Follow us on Twitter: @Soccer_Laduma

nextarticle

Champs Start With Win

170 comments

Top 5

How Akumu Compares To Chiefs’ Most Expensive Players

39 Jan 17, 2020 08:58 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

8 Jan 15, 2020 02:46 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

13 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Comforting Message For Makaringe

139 Jan 17, 2020 08:00 AM in Orlando Pirates

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

13 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Pitso Criticises Bucs Star For Showboating

252 Jan 15, 2020 10:16 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Professor Slams Pitso!

230 Jan 16, 2020 02:31 PM in PSL

Official: Chiefs Confirm Two January Departures

107 Jan 14, 2020 07:11 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Amakhosi’s New Man Gets To Work – Squad Number Revealed?

35 Jan 16, 2020 10:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Castro Joins Chiefs' List Of 2020 Negotiations

25 Jan 17, 2020 07:06 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Key Sundowns Man Makes His Return

22 Jan 17, 2020 09:20 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

What Fadlu Told Pitso In Showboating Saga

45 Jan 16, 2020 03:52 PM in Orlando Pirates