Real Madrid hammered Malmo 8-0 in their Uefa Champions League Group A clash at the Estadio Bernabeu on Tuesday night. The Spanish giants were dominant and the Swedes had very little of the ball. Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick and Matteo Kovacic netted his first goal for the club, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s four goals took his tally up to 11 in the group stage, becoming the first player to do so.
The Champions League anthem rang around the ground as Malmo prepared to face off against Real Madrid in what was only the second meeting between the two sides. A good result for the Swedish side would put them in contention for a Europa League spot, while a win for the home team would secure them top spot in Group A. Benzema scored a brace within the first 25 minutes.
The Frenchman opened the scoring in the 12th minute following good work from Ronaldo down the left wing and scored his second of the match 12 minutes later when the Portuguese international picked him out at the far post with a pin-point cross that was met with an equally good finish. At the other end, Malmo’s best chance came in the 30th minute when Oscar Lewicki’s shot from outside the box sailed over the keeper’s goal.
Ballon d’Or contender, Ronaldo was having an outstanding game. The Real Madrid winger was a constant threat, creating opportunities for both himself and his teammates, and finally scored his goal in the 38th minute when he beat Johan Wiland with a trademark free kick to make it 3-0. Ronaldo had an opportunity to net a fourth for Madrid just before the half-time whistle but shot into the stands with the goal gaping in front of him.
After a horrid first 45 minutes, Malmo’s Europa League hopes were looking bleak and although they tried to get back into the match, Ronaldo added further insult to injury with three early second half goals that ended their hopes of a revival. The striker’s three goals took his tally up to 11 in the group stage, a new record for him as he became the first to do so. At 6-0 up, Los Blancos continued to push and in the 70th minute, Kovatic scored his first goal for the Spanish giants when he netted the home team’s seventh.
Four minutes later, Benzema completed his hat-trick with a clinical finish inside the box to make it 8-0. The last 10 minutes was painful for those with any allegiance to Malmo and Real Madrid were showboating and threatening to score a ninth goal which would set a new home record for them. After 90 minutes of play, the final whistle finally blew and the Swedish club went crashing out of Europe.
Real Madrid: Casilla, Danilo, Arbeloa, Pepe, Nacho, Casemiro, Kovacic, Isco, James, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Yanez, Kroos, Marcelo, Vazquez, Jese, Cheryshev, Llorente .
Malmo: Wiland, Tinnerholm, Yotun, Arnason, Carvalho, Rakip, Lewicki, Adu, Sana, Berget, Djurdic. Subs: Andersson, Konate, Rodic, Brorsson, Simon Kroon, Eikrem, Mehmeti .
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu