In the final group stage match of the UEFA Champions League season 2015-16, the Spanish giants Real Madrid faced the Sweden side Malmo at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid had already qualified for the round of 16 but a win would have strengthened their position at the top of the table and maintain their 1005 home record in group stage of UCL for a third consecutive year.
The match began in emphatic fashion as Real Madrid took an early lead in the 12th minute of the match through the French striker Karim Benzema who slotted a goal via his left foot. Benzema double Real’s advantage in the 24th minute when he headed home a perfect cross from Cristiano Ronaldo.
In the 39th minute of the match a accurate free-kick from Real Madrid’s iconic striker landed in the back of the net. Although he does not frequently converts free-kicks into gaols these days but when he does he makes sure it is an absolute stunner. The striker kept on scoring as he scored a hat-trick inside 11 minutes with the next two gaols coming in the 47th and 50th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo scored again in the 59th minute and took his group stage goal tally to 11 gaols. This meant that the Real Madrid player now holds the record for most goals in the UCL group stage. He also became the 4th Los Balancos player to score 4 goals in a European Cup clash.
Kovacic scored the 7th goal of the evening for the home side and opened his account for Real Madrid. The Spanish side won the match by a stunning margin of 8-0 with Karim Benzema also scoring a hat-trick with his third goal coming in the 74th minute. This strike mad the Frenchman the 5th highest goal scorer for Real Madrid in European Cup.
Malmo never got a chance to express themselves during the entire match because the home side was clearly the dominant side.
Cristiano Ronaldo was clearly delighted after this brilliant display and while talking to media he appreciated the efforts of the team and his personal milestones
“It was a great performance from the whole team and on a personal level I’m happy to have achieved another record. We all played well: from us guys up front scoring the goals, all the way back. The team showed real intensity and focus. We knew that if we started strongly and pressed high we could get on the scoresheet”.