C. Ronaldo Hits 3, United Suffers A Double Blow




Cristiano Ronaldo kicked his 2015/2016 Champions League start on a bright note as his hat-trick saw Real Madrid defeats a 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 in Group A at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.


French forward, Karim Benzema gave the host the lead in the 30th minute despite the loss of influential attacking midfielder Gareth Bale due to a calf injury.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in the fifteenth minute when Taras Stepanenko was sent off for a second yellow card.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two quick penalties and then headed in a third in the 81st minute to take his goal tally within a week to eight haven’t scored five already in the La Liga at the weekend.

The Portuguese forward now leads the all-time Champions League top scorers billboard with 80 goals, three clear off the Argentine footballing god, Lionel Messi.

It was a double agony for Manchester United who returned to the Champions League after a year as their left fullback suffered a fracture to his leg during their 1-2 defeat to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday.

The English international was crunched down by Mexican, Hector Morena and had to receive a medical attention on the pitch for eight minutes and had to be taken to the hospital thereafter.

“It’s horrible. When he was going into the dressing, he was with the oxygen mask, he was crying,” said Man United coach Louis van Gaal.

“I am not a doctor so I can’t say a double fracture, it generally takes six months, but you can never say in advance,” he added.

Luke Shaw is set to undergo a surgery on his fractured leg to determine how soon he’ll be back.

“I’m really sorry. I think I played the ball. I just hope he’ll be back as soon as possible,” said the culprit, Hector Moreno.

Dutch international, Memphis Depay gave United the lead against his former club in the 41st minute but the Premiership side lost nonetheless as two goals from Morena and Luciano Narsingh gave PSV a deserving win in Group B.

Results at glance;
Real Madrid 4-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
Sevilla 3-0 Borussia M’gladbach
Wolfsburg 1-0 CSKA Moscow
Paris St Germain 2-0 Malmo FF
Galatasaray 0-2 Atletico Madrid
Man City 1-2 Juventus
Benfica 2-0 Astana
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