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December 10, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Parken — København
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
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Luka Modric 25′
 
C. Ronaldo 48′

Copenhagen-Real Madrid Preview: Ronaldo set for return as Dans look to upset unbeaten Blancos

Stale Solbakken's men can seal a Europa League place with three points on Tuesday as the Portugal star prepares to make his comeback from injury

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Real Madrid will be out to end the Champions League group stage unbeaten when they play at Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The visitors to Parken head into the game having already secured top spot in Group B. Indeed, Los Blancos have dropped just two points, away to Juventus, but could well face a stern test against a side that has not tasted defeat in either of their previous home games in the competition.

A 3-1 defeat in Turin ended Copenhagen’s hopes of reaching the last 16, but the Danish outfit can still earn a berth in the Europa League.

A win would guarantee Stale Solbakken's side third place, while a draw would be enough if Galatasaray are beaten at home by Juventus.

Copenhagen will have to improve markedly on their performance at Santiago Bernabeu in October, though, when they were routed 4-0 by Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria both scored twice in that game, and the former is in line to torment Copenhagen again as he prepares to make his return from injury.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed the Portugal captain is available for the trip to the Danish capital after a brief absence with a thigh problem.

Yet it remains to be seen whether the Italian trainer will opt to name a full-strength side, with away league games at Osasuna and Valencia coming hot on the heels of Tuesday's match.

Although Ronaldo has recovered from his injury, Ancelotti is still without the services of a number of first-team players.

Defenders Raphael Varane (knee) and Fabio Coentrao (thigh) are both sidelined together with midfielder Sami Khedira, who is expected to miss the majority of the season after damaging knee ligaments.

Sergio Ramos also misses out for Madrid, with the Spain defender suspended after being sent off in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray last month.

Should the Liga outfit score three or more goals, they will set a new record for the best goals return in the group stage.

Ancelotti's men have managed 18 so far, with Manchester United and Barcelona having previously scored 20.



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UEFA Champions League ‎(UCL)‎ Dec 10, 2013 FC Copenhagen 0 - Real Madrid CF 2
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21Johan WilandGoalkeeper
2Lars JacobsenDefender
3Pierre BengtssonMidfielder
-Olof MellbergDefender
-Ragnar SigurdssonDefender
6ClaudemirMidfielder
27Thomas DelaneyMidfielder
9Igor VetokeleStriker
18Nicolai JörgensenStriker
21Rurik GislasonStriker
24Youssef ToutouhStriker
41J. JensenGoalkeeper
4Kris StadsgaardDefender
25Christoffer RemmerDefender
16Thomas KristensenMidfielder
30Christian BolañosMidfielder
11César SantinStriker
-Marvin PourieStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
7C. RonaldoStriker
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25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
16CasemiroMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
20Jesé RodríguezStriker
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Results
Group A Matchday 6
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
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Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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PSG
10 1
Messi Messi
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Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
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Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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Manchester City
6 2