Real Madrid edges Basel to secure top spot in Champions League Group B

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BASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal helped Real Madrid beat Basel 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, and tie a club record with a 15th straight win.

Ronaldo's 71st career Champions League goal, in his 108th match, also tied the old competition scoring record long held by Madrid great Raul Gonzalez.

Both trail Lionel Messi by three after the Barcelona forward's record-setting hat trick Tuesday.

Ronaldo scored in the 35th minute, tapping left-footed into an empty net from Karim Benzema's cut-back.

Victory in Switzerland also means defending champion Madrid wins Group B and is seeded in the last-16 draw.

Basel remains second on six points, two ahead of Ludogorets Razgrad and Liverpool who drew 2-2 on Wednesday.

Basel visits Liverpool in the final round in two weeks.