Champions League round-up: Gareth Bale provides assist as Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick for Real Madrid
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James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo continued to assert himself as Real Madrid's top man, scoring a hat-trick in Turkey last night as they thrashed Galatasaray 6-1. New signing Gareth Bale had to be content with a place on the bench, coming on in the 65th minute to set up Ronaldo's second, with Karim Benzema also scoring twice.
Elsewhere in Group B, Juventus came from behind to draw 1-1 in Copenhagen, Fabio Quagliarella equalising Nicolai Jorgensen's opener. Shakhtar surprised Real Sociedad 2-0 in Manchester United's Group A, while holders Bayern Munich matched Manchester City in Group D, easing past CSKA Moscow 3-0 at the Allianz Arena. Paris Saint-Germain swept to a 4-1 victory in Olympiakos, with Benfica joining them at the top after a 2-0 win over Anderlecht.
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