Ronaldo-Di Maria leads Real Madrid to 4-0 victory over Copenhagen

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice with his head and Angel Di Maria also grabbed a double as Real Madrid maintained their winning start in Champions League Group B with a thumping 4-0 victory over FC Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Portugal forward Ronaldo followed up his hat-trick in the opening 6-1 drubbing of Galatasaray with another sparkling display and Di Maria also turned in a fine performance in the absence of injured world record signing Gareth Bale.

Ronaldo‘s first goal came in the 21st minute when goalkeeper Johan Wiland failed to deal with Marcelo’s floated cross and he nodded in from a tight angle.

Copenhagen’s resistance was effectively ended when Ronaldo powered home a Di Maria centre in the 65th minute.

The Argentine winger netted a fine curling effort six minutes later and another in the first minute of stoppage time as Real secured a maximum six points from their first two matches.

Copenhagen have one point along with Galatasaray who drew 2-2 at Juventus (two points) on Wednesday.

“I am very pleased, we played a great match,” Di Maria told Canal Plus television. “We changed the system a bit with three players up front.

“We have to keep this up now, we know that all the matches will be tough.”

With their fans providing impressive encouragement high up in Real’s giant arena, Copenhagen made a bright start to their first meeting with the nine-times European champions.

However, Real quickly asserted themselves and Karim Benzema headed narrowly wide from Marcelo’s left-wing cross in the sixth minute.

Just as the home supporters were starting to grow restless, Ronaldo struck his first of the night.

Real centre back Pepe then needed treatment to a head wound after clashing with Daniel Braaten before Copenhagen went close to an equaliser from a corner four minutes before the break.

Nicolai Jorgensen beat keeper Iker Casillas to the ball and his header bounced down off the crossbar before appearing to strike the hand of Luka Modric on the line.

The Croatia midfielder was able to clear the danger but there were whistles of discontent from the home fans as the players trooped off at halftime.

Ronaldo settled any nerves in the stands with his second 20 minutes into the second half, his 55th goal on his 94th appearance in Europe’s elite club competition and his 26th in his last 21 outings.

Full Time: Real Madrid 4-0 Copenhagen

Cristiano Ronaldo 21′, 65′, Di Maria 71′, 90′

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