UCL: Ronaldo Sets New Record, City Handed First Defeat, Liverpool Runs Riot

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Wednesday night when Real Madrid hosted Borrussia Dortmund in their last group match of this season’s Uefa Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, was on hand to set another record in the competition.

The Portuguese who scored Madrid’s second goal in the 3 – 2 defeat of the German side became the first ever player to score in all six group matches in the Champions League.

Ronaldo further sealed his status as the best performer in the history of the competition with a well taken shot into the top right corner from the edge of the box.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored Dortmund’s two goals to bring the game level at 2 – 2 after Borja Mayoral and Ronaldo had put Zinedine Zidane’s men ahead. But Lucaz Vazquez had the final say with a volley to seal the victory in the 81th minute.

Elsewhere in the same group, Tottenham bashed APOEL Nicosia 3 – 0 at Wembley Stadium as they advance to the second round as group leader. Goals from Fernando Llorente, his first for Spurs, Heung-Min Son and Georges N’Koudou completed the rout.

Across England, Liverpool thumped Spartak Moscow 7 – 0 thanks to Philippe Coutinho’s hatrick, his first for the club, Sadio Mane’s brace, one goal each from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The other English team, Manchester City, playing on the night in Ukraine didn’t share the same fortune as the other two as they fell to their first defeat of the season at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk.

First half goals from Brazilian, Bernard and Ismaily were too much for Pep Guardiola’s men who could only put one back through substitute, Sergio Aguero’s penalty in the 92nd minute. Up till last night, Pep Guardiola’s side have not lost any match in all competition. This could be a cause of worry going into Sunday’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

Author: Yemi Olarinre