Real set record as Liverpool fall short on Champions League return

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By Euronews
Real set record as Liverpool fall short on Champions League return

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates set a new Spanish record on Tuesday night.

The 4-0 thrashing of Ludogorets in their final champions league group B match lifted them to a record 19 victories in a row in all competitions.

They surpassed the previous mark of 18 they jointly held with Barcelona who achieved that fear in the 2005/2006 season.

Real last lost to Atletico Madrid in la Liga in September.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said: “I could not have imagined winning 19 games in a row after that defeat. I knew we could fix what had not gone well but not in this way.”

There were contrasting fortunes for Liverpool.

As Real Madrid advance to the knockout stages, Liverpool head to the exit door of Europe’s elite club competition.

The Reds returned to the Champions League this season after a lengthy absence but following a disappointing campaign they finished third in the group and dropped into the second tier Europa league.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said: “We are obviously disappointed to go out. I think that we had earned the right to be in it this year after a wonderful season last year. But, as I said, it has been a really good learning experience for us and it’s certainly… we are going to fight as hard as we possibly can to ensure it is not another five years”.

A lacklustre Liverpool won only one of their six group games and ended with a 1-1 draw with Basel – a game they needed to win to progress.

The Merseyside outfit have also underperformed in the Premier League this term.

The are currently ninth 15 points off leaders Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s crunch match at Manchester United.