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Cristiano Ronaldo is still the man
September 17th, 2013 11:37PM

TAGS:  real madrid, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 1] On Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo signed a contract extension that will keep him at Real Madrid through 2018. And on Tuesday he played like the highest-paid player in the world that he now is with a hat trick in Real Madrid's 6-1 win at Galatasaray to open the UEFA Champions League.

The 28-year-old Ronaldo scored in the 63rd and 66th minutes and in stoppage time as the Spanish club piled it on in Istanbul.

The game was much closer than the final score indicated as Galatasaray had the run of play until Real Madrid went ahead in the 33rd minute on a goal by newcomer Isco. Karim Benzema made it 2-0 in the 54th minute and scored again in the 81st minute.

Real's other newcomer, world-record signing Gareth Bale, began the game on the bench but came on in the second half and helped set up Ronaldo's second goal.

"The result was great but it doesn't tell the story of the match," Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said. "Galatasaray played very well in the first half. The match was easier after Isco's goal. Cristiano and Benzema gave a great performance."

Galatasaray-Real Madrid Highlights:

ROONEY'S 200TH GOAL. Wayne Rooney scored his 200th goal for Manchester United as it beat Bayer Leverkusen, 4-2, to open its Champions League campaign.

“It’s something I’m very proud of, I’m pleased to score 200 goals for a club like Manchester United and hopefully there is more to come," he told ITV Sports. "I’m delighted to be back playing and scoring and this was a good result.

Rooney, who would address the transfer speculation over the summer that had him on the outs at United, is only the fourth player to score 200 or more goals at United after Bobby Charlton (249), Denis Law (237) and Jack Rowley (211).

AMERICAN CONNECTION. Sacha Kljestan started for Anderlecht, which dropped a 2-0 decision at Benfica.

TUESDAY, Results:
Man. United 4 Bayer Leverkusen 2
Real Sociedad 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2


FC Copenhagen 1 Juventus 1
Galatasaray 1 Real Madrid 6

Benfica 2 Anderlecht 0
Olympiakos 1 Paris SG 4


Bayern Munich 3 CSKA Moscow 0
Viktoria Plzen 0 Man. City 3

Barcelona-Ajax (live) 2:30 pm ET.


Chelsea-Basel (live) 2:30 pm ET.
Barcelona-Ajax (delay) 8 pm ET.

Marseille-Arsenal (live) 2:30 pm ET.
Barcelona-Ajax (delay) 5 pm ET.
Chelsea-Basel (delay) 7:30 pm ET.

Barcelona-Ajax (live) 2:30 pm ET.
Chelsea-Basel (delay) 5 pm ET.
Napoli-Bor. Dortmund (delay) 7 pm ET.

  1. Luis P. KIFUTSAL
    commented on: September 18, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
    Great player! But against Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy...he does not score three goals per game! Actually most of them, he does not score any or even ask to stay out!
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: September 18, 2013 at 10:57 a.m.
    The turning point was the exit of Drogba before half time with a shoulder injury.
  1. Ben Tulchin
    commented on: September 20, 2013 at 3:22 a.m.
    Love the imbedded highlights. Keep them coming, SA!

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