Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 17, 2017

Ancelotti continued: "It will be more hard in Madrid, but we still have a chance, we are still alive".

"We know Cristiano's position on the field, but he had the freedom during the game to go wherever the ball fell".

Bayern hope to have top-scorer Robert Lewandowski fit for the trip to the Bernabeu, after the striker missed the Munich match with a bruised shoulder. But it had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when it lost 4-0 to Ancelotti's Madrid in the semifinals. The Portuguese star likes to play these type of games and he showed it once again.

Zidane warns the slender lead may not be enough in Madrid in the Spaniards' bid to become the first club to defend the Champions League title. "It is not easy to play here against a team like Bayern. It was a great win, the team played well and the return leg is open". "The key was patience".

The Brazilian forward is banned for tomorrow's visit to Real Sociedad and the "Clasico" showdown at Real Madrid the following week, plus the game against basement club Osasuna, with Paco Alcacer likely to take his place. While Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara were running and forcing the game, the visitors appeared static, waiting for chances to present themselves.

Bayern should have doubled the lead before the break but Arturo Vidal was unable to convert a handball penalty in the dying minutes of the first half.

"Isco is a great player and he has shown that Madrid is where he belongs".

"It happens in football".

"We had no luck tonight and it was the small details which made the difference", the Italian coach said.

Ronaldo scored two minutes after the interval with one touch to Carvajal's cross.

Madrid has gone a Spanish-record 53 straight games scoring at least once. "We will try to do our best".

The first half of the match was a typical Ronaldo moments, full of shouting and pouting about things not going his way.

Real hit back three minutes later as Isco curled home a fine effort into top corner to level matters for the visitors. Half an hour later he poked the victor through Manuel Neuer's legs.

"Their goalkeeper saved lots of chances".

"He was happy, of course", said Zidane.

Neuer then did superbly to tip over a Gareth Bale header but the pendulum swung further away from Bayern when Martínez collected two yellow cards in four minutes.

The visitors could have reaped a higher victory but Bayern custodian Neuer denied Ronaldo as well as Benzema in the closing period with superb safes.

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