Ronaldo reigns, Neuer shines, and Real wins

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 30, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo broke his Champions League drought by scoring twice - his 100th European goal - to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win over 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg on Wednesday. "That is how ambitious he is".

Ronaldo has now scored 82 goals in 84 Champions League appearances for Real, having netted 15 in the competition proper and one in a qualifier for Manchester United.

The game took place amid heightened security after a review of the policing operation by authorities in Germany and Spain at all three Champions League games on Wednesday.

Bayern had to play the final 30 minutes a man down after Javi Martinez picked up two quick cautions.

"We are still alive", said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti after losing to his former side. "If Neuer hadn't been on such a good night we would have scored more".

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.

Ronaldo had failed to score in the competition since September 27 - a run of 659 minutes - before he struck early in the second half to cancel out Arturo Vidal's opening goal.

"At the end we are happy that it remained 2-1", he told Bayern's official website.

"I trained hard to be playing well in this final month and a half of the season", Ronaldo said.

"We are all happy because getting a result here is not easy".

Despite scoring 28 goals in 37 outings this season - including 19 in La Liga - Ronaldo has been scrutinised by different pundits this season for a perceived lack of form and commitment. Hopefully we'll win and reach the Semi-Final.

Zidane did not say whether he will rest Ronaldo for the team's away game at relegation-threatened Sporting Gijon tomorrow in the Spanish league. The return game is on Tuesday.

Zidane after shown that Bale, who just returned from a long term ankle injury in February, wasn't feeling in very good condition at halftime and was replaced by Marco Asensio as a precaution.

"We have a small advantage but we have to be calm for the second leg". Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund before Mbappe scored his second to regain the two goal lead.

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