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Real Madrid 4 Shakhtar Donetsk 0: Cristiano Ronaldo surpasses Lionel Messi with Shakhtar hat-trick

Published 15/09/2015

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring after an hat trick during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring after an hat trick during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a second-half hat-trick as Real Madrid opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-0 victory over 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in Tuesday's Group A showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

Karim Benzema put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute, while Shakhtar had midfielder Taras Stepanenko sent off for a second yellow card five minutes after the re-start.

Real, helped by a dubious penalty, doubled their lead through Ronaldo five minutes later and the Portugal international scored his second when he converted another spot-kick in the 63rd minute after Marcio Azevedo's clear handball.

Ronaldo capped off a wonderful evening for the home side when he headed his third of the night 10 minutes from time.

For a fourth straight game in all competitions, Los Blancos kept a clean sheet. The win did come at a cost for Real, however, with Gareth Bale, Raphael Varane and captain Sergio Ramos all sustaining injuries.

The home side, 6-0 winners at Espanyol at the weekend, could have fallen behind in the ninth minute.

Yaroslav Rakitskiy set up Azevedo in the area but his 15-yard strike found the outside of the net.

Real wasted a good chance three minutes later when Dani Carvajal's pass from the right found Bale in the heart of the box but his shot lacked power and was saved by Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

Soon after Benzema missed a wide-open goal. Ronaldo's perfect pass found Benzema in the box and the Frenchman got past Pyatov only to hit the ball off target.

Real went ahead despite playing in numerical inferiority after Bale needed medical attention.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring after an hat trick during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring after an hat trick during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring after an hat trick during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Luka Modri, center, challenges for the ball with Shakhtar's Maksym Malyshev, left ,and his teammate Marcio Azevedo during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his side's 3rd goal during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores on a penalty during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo fights for the ball against Shakhtar's Fred, right, during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic, back to camera reacts with his teammate Real Cristiano Ronaldo as referee grays a penalty for their team during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic fights for the ball against Shakhtar's Taras Stepanenko, left, during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos jumps for the ball with Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates scoring the opening goal during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opening goal with his teammate Cristiano Ronaldo during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema kicks the ball before scoring the opening goal during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Marcelo Vieira fights for the ball against Shakhtar's Fred during a Group A Champions League soccer match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo (2nd R) vies with Shakhtar Donetsk's midfielder Viktor Kovalenko (R) during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's midfielder Isco (R) vies with Shakhtar Donetsk's midfielder Viktor Kovalenko during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Marlos (L) vies with Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Shakhtar Donetsk's forward Oleksandr Hladkyi (R) heads a ball next to Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Pepe during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal with teammates during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's players pose before the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos complains on the ground during the UEFA Champions League group A football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on September 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Rafa Benitez of Real Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 4th goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Pepe and Marcelo after scoring Real's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Karim Benzema after scoring Real's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates with Pepe after scoring Real's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 15: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid scores Real's 2nd goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk at estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 15, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Pyatov failed to hold onto Isco's dangerous cross in the box and Benzema struck the rebound into the back of the net.

Real coach Rafa Benitez was forced to make his first substitution seconds later with Mateo Kovacic replacing Bale, who left the pitch with a suspected muscular injury in his left leg.

The hosts almost doubled their lead before half-time but Luka Modric's left-footed strike from 30 yards went inches wide of the far post.

Benitez brought in Pepe in place of injured Varane after the re-start.

Stepanenko was then handed his marching orders after a late challenge on Ramos.

Things got from bad to worse for the visitors as the referee awarded Real a penalty even though Ronaldo's goal-bound shot came off the back of Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna.

Pyatov guessed correctly but could not get a touch on Ronaldo's spot-kick towards the right corner of goal.

In the 58th minute Nacho replaced Ramos, who went off with a shoulder injury and Real earned another penalty after Azevedo's handball.

Ronaldo struck the spot-kick towards the same corner as before to beat Pyatov.

The Portuguese, who had scored five against Levante to open his goalscoring account this season, found the target again.

Marcelo's shot from outside the area was palmed away by Pyatov but Ronaldo headed home the rebound.

With five minutes remaining, Pyatov made a one-handed save to clear Benzema's hard drive in what looked likely to be Real's fifth.

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