Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates his record breaking goal against FC Copenhagen during their Champions League encounter in Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photo: AFP Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score nine goals in the group stages of the Champions League as Real Madrid won 2-0 away at FC Copenhagen on Tuesday. Luka Modric had given a surprisingly strong Madrid side the lead with a wonder strike on 25 minutes. Ronaldo then doubled the advantage just after the break with a clinical finish from close range, but it wasn’t a perfect night for the Portuguese as he had a late penalty saved by Copenhagen keeper Johan Wiland. Real’s two goals also meant they equalled a competition record of 20 goals in the group stages as they finished with 16 points from a possible 18. Ronaldo was making his return to the side after three games out through injury and suspension respectively, whilst Gareth Bale also started after missing Saturday’s 0-0 draw away to minnows Olimpic Xativa in the Copa del Rey due to flu. On a freezing night and on a pitch in awful condition in the Danish capital it was perhaps unsurprising that the hosts made the more forceful start. However, they failed to seriously trouble Iker Casillas and Madrid began to threaten midway through the half. Karim Benzema was first to have an effort on goal as his low drive was well-handled by Wiland in the Copenhagen goal. Just three minutes later though, the keeper was left helpless as Modric curled in his first goal of the season with a stunning strike from 25 yards.