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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, October 23, 2014
PARIS---Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Cham-
pions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed
to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at
Liverpool yesterday to take complete control of
Group B with a third straight win.
While Tuesday night s 40-goal bonanza never
looked like being matched, there was still drama else-
where as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht
with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward
Lukas Podolski---a peripheral player this season.
German sides continue to score for fun, as Borussia
Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the
day after Bayern Munich s magnificent 7-1 in Roma
and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3. Bayer Lev-
erkusen also underlined the Bundesliga s fine form
in Europe, beating Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 on Wednes-
By contrast, it was a bad night for Italian champion
Juventus, which slumped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at
Greek side Olympiakos.
At Anfield, all eyes were on Ronaldo but it was
Karim Benzema---usually Ronaldo s favorite goal sup-
plier---who outscored his more illustrious teammate.
The France forward grabbed the other two goals
in a devastating 18-minute first-half spell that silenced
the home crowd.
On this form, it is hard to bet against defending
champion Madrid at least reaching the final, if not
securing an 11th European crown.
"We are fighting very hard to repeat our success
of last season," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti,
whose team has won its last eight matches in all com-
petitions---scoring 35 goals. "We are playing well and
have a huge desire to make that happen again."
Ronaldo s goal, a superbly-taken flick, put Madrid
ahead in the 23rd minute, and took him to 20 goals
in just 13 games this season. He also moved to within
one goal of former Madrid star Raul Gonzalez s record
tally in the Champions League.
He is one ahead of great rival Lionel Messi, who
scored one and made one in Barcelona s 3-1 win
against Ajax on Tuesday, before being taken off to
rest him ahead of Saturday s massive game against
Ronaldo s Madrid.
Benzema headed in the second in the 30th minute
before pouncing from close range.
Liverpool clearly misses Luis Suarez, who scored
31 league goals last season before joining Barcelona,
and Balotelli doesn t seem to be an able replace-
ment---at least not yet.
Since joining from AC Milan continued, he has
only scored once in ten games and, to make matters
worse, as he was substituted at halftime he even
swapped shirts with his marker, Pepe, while walking
to the dressing rooms.
"It s not something I stand for," an angry Liverpool
manager Brendan Rodgers said. "If you want to do
that, for me you do that at the end of the game. It s
something I ll deal with."
Liverpool, with three points from three matches,
is locked with FC Basel and Ludogorets for second
Ludogorets got a first ever win by a Bulgarian side
in a Champions League group thanks to a 91st-minute
winner from defender Yordan Minev.
Arsenal and Dortmund scrapped for top spot last
season, and the odds again look in Dortmund s favor.
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice
inside the first 20 minutes, Marco Reus made it 3-
0 before the break and substitute Adrian Ramos com-
pleted the rout late on to give Dortmund nine points.
"We were focused, had no problems in defence
and our fast breaks were very dangerous," Dortmund s
World Cup-winning German defender Mats Hummels
Although Arsenal is not dominating games, it is at
least showing resilience.
After rescuing a point with an injury-time goal
from Danny Welbeck in a 2-2 draw against Hull last
weekend, this time it was Gibbs and Podolski who
gave coach Arsene Wenger a happy ending to his 65th
"We are in a strong position now," Wenger said.
"It is down to us now and we have to win our home
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen beat Zenit St Petersburg
thanks to second-half goals from Giulio Donati and
Kyriakos Papadopoulos to move top of Group C; one
point ahead of Monaco, which drew 0-0 at home to
Ronaldo scores 70th as
Real beats Liverpool 3-0
the Group A
Malmo at the
Atletico won 5-0.
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