Champions League - Group B
FC BaselFC Basel0Real MadridReal Madrid1
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 71 goals in the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 11th consecutive away Champions League game to earn Group B winners Real Madrid victory in Basel.

The ex-Manchester United forward struck early on as the Spaniards maintained their 100% start in Europe.

Ronaldo has now scored 71 Champions League goals, moving to within three of Lionel Messi, who broke the competition goalscoring record on Tuesday.

The winning goal came as Ronaldo converted Karim Benzema's cross.

The Portuguese international might have added a 72nd Champions League goal to that close-range finish but dragged a shot just wide from Gareth Bale's cross in the second half.

Welshman Bale could also have made it a more convincing night for Real, who were already guaranteed top spot, when he fired an effort on to the crossbar but Real still secured a victory that makes it 15 straight wins in the competition for the 2014 winners.

Basel, who went close after 17-year-old Breel Embolo rounded Champions League debutant Keylor Navas, now need a point at Liverpool in two weeks' time to join Real in the knockout stages.

It was also a good night for the other side from Madrid as a Mario Mandzukic hat-trick ensured Atletico progressed with a 4-0 win over Olympiakos, Raul Garcia scoring the opener.

Juventus also look likely to advance from Group A as goals from Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez gave them a 2-0 win in Malmo.

Group C is shaping up for an exciting final day with Monaco and Zenit St Petersburg facing each other for a place in the knockout stages.

Monaco claimed a surprise 1-0 win in Bayer Leverkusen as substitute Lucas Ocampos struck against the run of play just two minutes after coming on. However, Leverkusen qualified despite the defeat.

Earlier in the day, Benfica were eliminated after going down to Danny's late goal in St Petersburg.

With Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund qualifying from Group D, Anderlecht and Galatasaray took part in match for the minor placings.

Two goals from Chancel Mbemba won it for the Belgian side to ensure defender Anthony Vanden Borre could taste his first ever Champions League match victory after 15 losses and eight draws.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in the 35th minute, his 26th of the campaign in all competitions.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by team-mates after scoring his fourth Champions League goal of the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo gives thumbs up to fans. Real Madrid have won their last 15 matches in the Champions League.

Line-ups

FC Basel

  • 1Vaclik
  • 4DegenBooked at 44minsSubstituted forBekhit Abdelgaberat 76'minutes
  • 16SchärBooked at 80mins
  • 17SuchyBooked at 52mins
  • 19Safari
  • 33Elneny
  • 20FreiSubstituted forDíazat 83'minutes
  • 7ZuffiSubstituted forKakitaniat 87'minutes
  • 25González
  • 36Embolo
  • 11Gashi

Substitutes

  • 6Samuel
  • 10Delgado
  • 14Kakitani
  • 18Vailati
  • 21Díaz
  • 24Bekhit Abdelgaber
  • 39Callà

Real Madrid

  • 13Navas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 2Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 43mins
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoBooked at 48mins
  • 23IscoSubstituted forNachoat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forMarceloat 89'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forIllarramendiat 71'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 26Medrán
  • 35Torró
Referee:
Milorad Mazic
Attendance:
36,000

Match Stats

Home TeamFC BaselAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Basel 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Basel 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Marek Suchy (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ahmed Hamoudi (FC Basel) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Breel Embolo.

  6. Post update

    Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Isco.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yoichiro Kakitani (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Fábio Coentrão.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match (FC Basel).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Marcelo replaces James Rodríguez.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Basel. Yoichiro Kakitani replaces Luca Zuffi.

  14. Post update

    Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marcelo Díaz (FC Basel).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ahmed Hamoudi (FC Basel) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shkelzen Gashi with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Basel. Marcelo Díaz replaces Fabian Frei.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ahmed Hamoudi (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Behrang Safari.

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