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Ronaldo breaks group stage goal record as Real march on

Jamie Holland EURO ROUND-UP

Published 11/12/2013 | 23:32

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid racked up the records as they ended FC Copenhagen's unbeaten home run in the Champions League with a 2-0 triumph at the Parken Stadium last night.

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Midfielder Luka Modric opened the scoring and set the first record for Madrid, who have scored in an unprecedented 31 consecutive Champions League fixtures, when he curled home a beauty from 20 metres after 25 minutes.

Ronaldo scored Madrid's second, and his group stage record ninth of the campaign, three minutes after the interval and then spurned a chance to make it 10 when he had a last-minute penalty saved.

Bayer Leverkusen's 1-0 win at Real Sociedad put them through as runners-up behind Group A winners Manchester United. The Bundesliga side's victory lifted them above Shakhtar Donetsk into second.

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Javier Saviola scored twice as Olympiakos pipped Benfica to second spot in Group C by beating visitors Anderlecht 3-1. It was an extraordinary match in which the Belgians finished with eight men after the Greek side scored one penalty having missed two.

Benfica beat group winners Paris St Germain 2-1 but drop into the Europa League.

Substitute Tomas Wagner scored in the final minute as Viktoria Plzen came from behind to beat a nine-man CSKA Moscow 2-1 to secure a place in the Europa League.

Plzen finished third in Group D with three points, while CSKA end bottom of the table -- also with three points, with Bayern Munich and Manchester City advancing to the knockout stages.

Unmarked Wagner collected a Frantisek Rajtoral cross to net the winner, after Ahmed Musa had headed home in the 65th minute to put CSKA ahead before Daniel Kolar equalised with a header in the 76th minute.

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