Real Madrid rounded out their Champions League group campaign with a comfortable victory over FC Copenhagen in the Danish capital. Luka Modric put the visitors in front with a stunning strike in the 25th minute, before Cristiano Ronaldo added a second to make the points all-but safe three minutes into the second half. It was a goal that also gave the Portuguese star another record as he became the first man to score nine goals in the Champions League group stage.
As that record suggests, Madrid have cruised through to the knockout phase. Just the two points have been dropped in the six matches, that in a 2-2 draw at Juventus. Despite having already secured top spot in their group, Carlo Ancelotti selected a team that hinted that he was in no mood to drop points in Denmark. Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema all started, while Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric provided the passing acumen from midfield.
But Modric provided far more than his usual playmaking skills to put Madrid ahead in spectacular style. After the ball was laid back to him on the edge of the area, the Croatian skillfully turned past one defender before curling a shot right into the top corner to leave Johan Wiland with no chance in the Copenhagen goal.
Copenhagen thought they had an equalizer in the 40th minute, but midfielder Thomas Delaney had turned the ball in with his arm. And Madrid put pay to hopes of Copenhagen getting something from the game and giving themselves a chance of a Europa League place when Ronaldo got his 15th goal in his last eight appearances. Marcelo set things up with a fine cross to the back post that was headed back across goal by Pepe and Ronaldo was never going to miss from just six yards out. The only surprise of the evening was that Ronaldo didn’t make his scoring record even more impressive when his late penalty was saved by Wiland.
Still, with seven wins and a draw from their last eight matches, Real Madrid will be a side that every second placed team will want to avoid in the last 16.