Impressive Real Madrid took a giant step towards the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League after defeating AC Milan thanks to two quickfire goals at the start of the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored from a free-kick in the 13th minute to put Jose Mourinho's men ahead and moments later Real doubled their lead when Mesut Ozil's shot was deflected in. Milan could find no way back after as the nine-times European champions, who could have won by a more handsome margin, made it three victories out of three in Group G to move onto nine points.
"It was a fantastic performance and I can only say congratulations to my players and hope the Real fans are happy with what they saw," said Mourinho after the game. "We have nine points but of course we want to be first in the group and to achieve that we have to continue winning matches."
That is five more than Milan and Ajax, while French club Auxerre prop up the table after losing all three of their games. Real, who lost 3-2 here to Milan at the same stage of last season's competition, could hardly have asked for a better start as they swept into a two-goal lead. The opening goal came after they won a free-kick on the edge of the box, Xabi Alonso being pushed over by Alexandre Pato.
That gave Ronaldo a chance to net his fifth goal in three games following braces against Deportivo La Coruna and Malaga, and the Portuguese international did not waste the opening, firing his shot at waist height through a poor Milan wall to leave visiting goalkeeper Marco Amelia with no chance.
Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, who sent out an adventurous line-up, will have been far from happy with that goal, but worse was to follow for the Italians 60 seconds later as Real doubled their lead. Ronaldo was again involved, setting up Ozil inside the area and the German's right-footed shot took a huge deflection off Daniele Bonera before looping into the net with the already-committed Amelia again helpless.
The home side looked in complete control but Milan came within a whisker of pulling a goal back in the 28th minute when Andrea Pirlo fired a 20-yard free-kick against the crossbar. Six minutes after that Milan had another chance but former Real player Clarence Seedorf, having been put in by Ronaldinho, blazed over from 12 yards out.
The remainder of the half was all Real, and Amelia did well to keep out efforts from the fired-up Ronaldo and Ozil, while Angel Di Maria twice threatened as Mourinho's men looked keen to kill the game off before the break. They continued where they left off after the re-start and created two good openings in the first ten minutes, but neither Gonzalo Higuain or Di Maria could make the most of them.
With Milan struggling to break down a defence that had only conceded three goals in nine games under Mourinho this season, the hosts were the only side looking likely to add to the scoreline. Higuain, Ronaldo and Pepe might all have scored before Allegri introduced Robinho in the 71st minute in a bid to change the flow of the game.
Robinho, who left the Bernabeu in acrimonious circumstances in 2008, was welcomed onto the pitch by a cascade of jeers from the crowd and the Brazilian received similar every time he touched the ball. Robinho did at least give goalkeeper Iker Casillas something to do, drawing a good diving save out of the Spain number one in the 83rd minute, but that was as good as it got for Milan as they slumped to a deserved defeat.