An unfortunate own goal from Marek Suchy gifted the hosts a 14th-minute lead, before three goals in six minutes put Madrid well and truly in command.
Read how the game unfolded below.
REAL MADRID XI: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Ronaldo, Kroos, Modric, James, Bale, Benzema
BASEL XI: Vaclik; Samuel, Schar, Suchy, Safari, Zuffi, Frei, Elneny, Xhaka, Gonzalez, Streller
REAL MADRID: Navas, Varane, Coentrao, Chicharito, Arbeloa, Isco, Illarra
BASEL: Vailati, Aliji, Delgado, Kakitani, Calla, Gashi, Embolo
52 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 52 goals in 51 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid. Decent.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2014
Toni Kroos featured in Bayern's 7-0 win over Basel in the 2011/12 campaign. He lines up against the same oppostion for @realmadrid tonight.— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) September 16, 2014
38 - Real Madrid have scored at least once in 38 of their last 39 Champions League games. Relentless.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2014
53 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 53 goals in 52 Champions League appearances for Real Madrid. Update.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2014