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Legia look to blank out Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Polish club, struggling for ammunition themselves, face a daunting task at the Bernabeu

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Madrid: The goals keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo, and they seem to be making Legia Warsaw a bit nervous.

The Portugal forward scored five goals with his national team during the break, and added another for Real Madrid in the La Liga win over Real Betis.

The defending champions will next face Legia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

“Hey @Cristiano, congratulations on scoring another goal!” Legia wrote on Twitter. “Hope you’re now out of ammo for Legia.”

Ronaldo is two goals shy of becoming the first player to score 100 career goals in European club competitions.

The two teams meet again in Poland in November.

“We will go into the game strong,” Madrid midfielder Francisco “Isco” Alarcon said. “We know that these two games will have a big impact on our place at the top of our Champions League group.”

Legia, who on Friday lost for the eighth time in 13 games, have the second-worst defence in the Champions League with eight goals conceded in two games. They lost 6-0 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Group F opener. The Polish club have already made a coaching change but continue to struggle.

Madrid, who have won eight straight at home in the Champions League, are trying to become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the new tournament format was created in 1992 to 1993.

Borussia Dortmund, tied with Madrid at the top of the group with four points, play at Sporting Lisbon, who are only one point behind the leaders.