Cristiano Ronaldo stars before Real Madrid face Shakhtar Donetsk storm

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid’s first goal at the Arena Lviv in western Ukraine, where Shakhtar Donetsk are playing in exile. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

26 November 2015

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Champions League

Real Madrid, who had already sealed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League, ensured top spot in Group A with this win but had to hold off a remarkable late fightback from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored after 18 and 70 minutes while Luka Modric in the 50th minute and Dani Carvajal (in the 52nd) also struck to put the 10-times European champions in complete command on a freezing night in western Ukraine.

Teixeira was again on target with an elegant drive in the 88th minute as the hosts gave Real a huge fright.

Real have 13 points from five matches, three ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who also qualified by beating Malmo 5-0 in Sweden.

PSG are sure to finish second because they have an inferior head-to-head record against Real. Shakhtar and Malmo both have three points.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a header and grabbed his second goal of the night on the rebound after his initial attempt was blocked by a defender. The forward also played a part in the other two goals by the visitors before Shakhtar came storming back as Real conceded their first goals in this year’s competition.

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