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Saturday 17 March 2018

Five-star Real Madrid stroll past Galatasaray

CRISTIANO RONALDO scored his 206th goal in his 204th game for Real Madrid in a hat-trick as his team eased to a 6-1 victory against Galatasaray in Turkey.

Gareth Bale started the game on the bench but came on to set up Ronaldo's opening goal before the Portuguese rounded off his treble in injury-time with a wonder-strike.

Bayern Munich began the defence of their Champions League title with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to CSKA Moscow.

Fresh from scoring the winner against Ireland last week, David Alaba opened the scoring with a free-kick in the fourth minute, Mario Mandzukic headed Bayern's second in the 41st, and Alaba set up Arjen Robben to seal the victory in the 68th.

Bayern rarely looked troubled by the Russian league leaders, for whom Georgi Milanov came closest in the 82nd minute, when his effort from outside the box landed on the roof of the net.

Bayern are attempting to become the first club since 1990 to defend the European Cup.

FC Copenhagen 'keeper Johan Wiland kept Juventus at bay as the Italian champions were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw in their opening Group B game.

Wiland produced several superb saves to keep his side in the game after Nicolai Jorgensen had given Copenhagen the lead in the 14th minute. Fabio Quagliarella ended Wiland's resistance nine minutes into the second half, levelling the scores with a left-footed shot from Federico Peluso's cross.

Irish Independent

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