Champions League: Madrid brushes off LFC in 3-0 win
Real Madrid showed their superiority in their first-ever win over Liverpool in the Uefa Champions League.
LIVERPOOL - Real Madrid earned their first-ever win over Liverpool with a wondrous Cristiano Ronaldo goal spearheading a 3-0 Champions League victory at Anfield on Wednesday which appeared as classy as it was dominant.
Ronaldo's glorious 23rd minute strike and a double from Karim Benzema sealed the champions' triumph before halftime, leaving Real's Portuguese icon insisting his side were in the mood to become the first team in the Champions League era to successfully defend the title.
"We know it'll be very tough but we know it's possible if we play like that," said Ronaldo, after scoring his 70th Champions League goal, which puts him within one of equalling Raul's all-time record.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager who now faces a difficult qualification route with his side having three points alongside Ludogorets and Basel, had no complaints about being beaten by a team of such quality.
"You can see Real's quality. Speed, technique; you can see why they are champions. The second and third goals are from set-pieces again. It's an issue for us and we have to be better than that."
KOKE ON PAR
Koke scored one goal and had a hand in three more as Atletico Madrid secured their biggest victory with a 5-0 drubbing of Swedish side Malmo.
Mandzukic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute when he poked Koke's low cross into the net, and Antoine Griezmann added a third two minutes later when he picked up a Koke pass and unleashed a powerful shot that looped up off Malmo goalkeeper Robin Olsen and into the net.
Diego Godin headed Koke's outswinging corner powerfully into the net three minutes from time and substitute Alessio Cerci completed a comfortable win for the La Liga champions when he lashed a shot into the corner in the third minute of added time.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice in the first 18 minutes as Borussia Dortmund trounced Galatasaray 4-0 to maintain their status as Group D leaders.
The Gabonese striker tapped in his first after six minutes, following a perfect pass from Marco Reus, and made it 2-0 from close range when Lukasz Piszczek crossed from the right and found him unmarked.
Reus made it 3-0 just before the break with a brilliant long-range lob past keeper Fernando Muslera.
Substitute Adrian Ramos completed the rout with almost embarrassing ease in the 83rd, only seconds after he had come on, with an assist from Ilkay Gundogan.
ALL RESULTS - WEDNESDAY
Atletico Madrid 5-0 Malmö FF
Olympiakos 1-0 Juventus
Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid
Ludogorets Razgrad 1-0 FC Basel
Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Zenit St Petersburg
Monaco 0-0 Benfica
Galatasaray 0-4 Borrusia Dortmund
Anderlecht 1-2 Arsenal