Ronaldo scored a hat-trick during his side’s 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo who has failed to find the net in Real’s opening two games of the season is now working as goal machine. First he netted five goals in 6-0 win against Espanyol on Saturday and now hit second hat-trick in an emphatic victory over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk at the Bernabéu on Tuesday.
Real Madrid vs Shakhtar
Champions League Group stage
Karim Benzema put Real ahead in the 30th minute and after that it was all Ronaldo’s show that lured the spectators. Despite of lagging behind in goals tally Shakhtar even lost Taras Stepanenko after getting two yellow cards in 50th minute making them more vulnerable. Ronaldo scored his first goal in a dubious penalty conceded by Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Real made it 3-0 after Ronaldo converted another penalty conceded by Márcio Azevedo (Shakhtar Donetsk) with a hand ball in the penalty area. The show have not ended there it continued with more bookings and substitutions and finally the Portugal international hit his third goal with header and brought the final scoreboard 4-0 in favour of Real.
With this Hat-Trick Ronaldo moved three goals ahead of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi. He is now two goals away from equalling Raul’s record as Madrid’s all-time leading goal-scorer. The match which is a treat for Ronaldo happened to a doom for his team mate Gareth Bale. Bale hobbled off with a calf injury to be replaced by Mateo Kovacic and the extent of the injury so far is unknown.
Great win at home to kick off our #UCL campaign, gutted to go off but hopefully nothing too serious
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 15, 2015