Real Madrid make it 1,000 European goals with thrashing of Basel

The Spanish giants opened the defence of their Champions League crown with an emphatic win at the Bernabeu – and made history in the process

Real Madrid have become the first side to score 1,000 European goals, reaching the landmark during Tuesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Basel.

Madrid were in complete command by half-time, establishing a 4-1 lead thanks to an own goal from Marek Suchy and efforts from Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez. Derlis Gonzalez’s goal was of little consolation to the Swiss.

The game drifted in the second half but Madrid’s night was capped by a fifth goal – the club’s 1,000th in continental competition – from Karim Benzema 11 minutes from the end.

The France striker played a lovely one-two with Ronaldo before hammering a left-foot strike in off the bar.

The result will come as a huge relief to a Madrid side who have won just one of their opening three La Liga fixtures.

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