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Ronaldo thrilled with Champions League start

17 September 2013 23:55

Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo hailed a dream start to Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League campaign after a 6-1 win over Galatasaray.

The 28-year-old scored a second-half treble to clinch the impressive victory, adding to a goal from Isco and a Karim Benzema double.

Galatasaray striker Umut Bulut found the back of the net to grab a consolation for the Turks with six minutes to play, but the night belonged to Ronaldo.

"Things couldn't have started better for us," he said.

"Scoring six goals is really good and will give us a lot of confidence.

"We wanted to start well against a good team who showed their ability in the first 20 minutes, they created chances."

Carlo Ancelotti's men did, however, suffer an injury concern early on when goalkeeper Iker Casillas hobbled off after clashing with defender Sergio Ramos, but Ronaldo is not too worried about the Spaniard.

"It was bad luck for Iker (Casillas), he took a knock to his side but he will recover quickly," he added.

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
17 September 2013
Game week
1
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 6
Venue
Türk Telekom Arena (Istanbul)
Attendance
47669

Goals

0 - 1
33' Isco
 (assist by Á. di María)
0 - 2
54' K. Benzema
 (assist by Á. di María)
0 - 3
0 - 4
0 - 5
81' K. Benzema
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)
U. Bulut 84'
(assist by N. Amrabat) 
1 - 5
1 - 6
90'+1 Cristiano Ronaldo
 (assist by K. Benzema)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
25
27
21
13
10
3 31'
77 85'
8
50
11
17
Coach: F. Terim
# Player Bookings
1
4
3 45'
17
15
19
6
22
23 33'
7 63' 66' 90+1'
9 54' 81'
Coach: C. Ancelotti

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
53 66'
20
19 84'
67
22
26
55
# Player Bookings
25
11
24
21
16
20
18

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