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Ronaldo double busts 500 mark and equals Raul tally for Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo's double took him past 500 career goals and handed Real Madrid a 2-0 victory over 10-man Malmo.

The Portugal star struck after 29 minutes and then at the end to claim victory in Sweden and maintain his side's perfect start to their Group A campaign.

In the process Ronaldo, who started the night with 499 goals to his name, equalled Raul's club record of 323 and will now hope to surpass that mark in Sunday's Madrid derby showdown.

The Swedish champions had defender Yoshimar Yotun sent off for a second bookable offence late on.

Rafael Benitez's side took the lead with 29 minutes gone when Isco's superb control from Mateo Kovacic's long ball allowed him to play Ronaldo  in, and his finish at the end of a stunning counter-attack was unerring.

Full-back Dani Caravajal was denied a goal three minutes before the break when his swerving right-foot strike clipped both the bar and the post.

Ronaldo wrapped it up with a 90th-minute strike.

Benitez said: "I hope Ronaldo doesn't ever stop scoring and we can keep benefiting from him."

Also in Group A, PSG cruised to a 3-0 win away to Shakhtar Donetsk.

PSV Eindhoven, conquerors of Manchester United last month, slumped to a 3-2 reverse against CSKA in Moscow.

Juventus took command of Group D with a 2-0 triumph against Sevilla in Turin, Alvaro Morata and Simone Zaza on target.

Astana created Champions League history by becoming the first team from Kazakhstan to win a point in the group stages, drawing 2-2 at home to Galatasaray in Group C.

Benfica caused the shock of the night in the same group, fighting back from a goal down to win 2-1 away to Atletico Madrid, who maybe had an eye on the weekend's big derby clash.

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