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Malmo Trimmed Pitch To Hamper Madrid

Malio Trimmed Pitch to Hamper Madrid

Malmo are looking to clip Real Madrid ‘s wings as they host the Spanish giants on Wednesday.

The Swedish champions are preparing for their first home game in the Champions League by trimming a metre off each flank in a bid to try and reduce Madrid attacking strength in wide areas.

It will be a 24,000 sell-out for the visit of the ten-time European Champions on Wednesday night.

And with head coach Age Hareide more than aware of the uphill struggle his side faces against a galaxy of stars, he has asked his groundsmen to narrow the field in hope of continuing Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s poor run in front of goal.

The Portuguese superstar has scored in just one of his six La Liga games this season, albeit netting five in the one match he did find the net.

A goal at the Swedbank Stadium would take the 30-year-old, who this week released the trailer for a film about his life, to 500 career goals.

Another couple would see him break Raul’s record as Real Madrid all-time greatest goalscorer.

Gareth Bale has not travelled to Sweden but has returned to training, along with James Rodriguez, after injuring his left calf during the thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk.

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