LONDON — Real Madrid and Malaga coasted to their second successive victories in the European Champions League on Wednesday and rounded off a perfect four wins from four games for Spanish football sides in this week’s matches. Report by Sapa
Real hammered their by now traditional whipping boys Ajax 4-1 in Amsterdam — which included somewhat surprisingly Cristiano Ronaldo’s first ever Champions League hat-trick — while Malaga continued their impressive start to their maiden campaign with a 3-0 away win at Anderlecht.
Both Barcelona and Valencia had won their games on Tuesday with the latter side the only one not to have the full complement of six points from the two games.
Elsewhere two young players who would dream of having half the success Ronaldo has enjoyed made their own first historic mark for their clubs.
Italian Stephan El Shaarawy became AC Milan’s youngest ever Champions League scorer just weeks before he celebrates his 20th birthday with a superb individual goal in the Italian side’s fortunate 3-2 away win over ailing Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg.
Julian Draxler only turned 19 in September and he celebrated by scoring for Schalke 04 to become the youngest ever German scorer in the competition.