Real Madrid put a real beating on Malmo FF in the final Champions League group stage game on Tuesday, winning 8-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Karim Benzema opened up the scoring for the home side as he got on the scoresheet in the 12th minute. He then added a second in the 24th minute and before the half was over, Cristiano Ronaldo had scored his first of the game to make it 3-0.
Real Madrid dominated the game and made the former Swedish champions look like amateurs. Ronaldo scored three more goals in the second half in the span of 12 minutes to put Real up 6-0. Mateo Kovacic made it 7-0 in the 70th minute before Benzema completed his hat trick in the 74th minute.
Manager Rafa Benitez was delighted with the display and the recent run of form for his team.
“It is really satisfying for all of the Whites supporters,” Benitez told realmadrid.com. “We have to use this to strengthen what we are doing even more. We are on the right track and you can see that when the side string together results and play like this”.
“I am very happy and satisfied for the side and for all of the Madrid supporters that showed trust in the side. We have taken a step forward, we have won 5 consecutive games and winning like that is very positive. Also, we did it in Europe, with all of the impact that has. For the last few games now the side has been obtaining good results and this is the culmination of that”.
Real won Group A on 16 points, three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who won their last game 2-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk, with Malmo-born Zlatan Ibrahimovic getting one of the goals.