Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 100 times in Uefa
Cristiano Ronaldo ended a seven-month Champions League goal
drought as holders Real Madrid came from behind to beat 10-
man Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final in
Ronaldo, the Champions League’s record goalscorer, scored twice
in the second half to end an 11-hour wait for a goal and put the
11-times winners in charge.
Arturo Vidal had headed Bayern ahead but then wasted a chance
to double their lead when he blasted a penalty over the crossbar.
And Ronaldo then twice clinically converted from crosses either
side of Javi Martinez’s red card to move to 97 Champions League
Bayern were kept in the game after going down to 10 men by
goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who saved brilliantly from Gareth Bale,
Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.
But the Germany international will feel he should have done
better for Ronaldo’s winner as the Portuguese stabbed a shot
through his legs from close range.
Real may also leave with regrets, as they could have taken a
commanding lead into next week’s second leg at the Bernabeu.
As well as Neuer’s string of saves, captain Sergio Ramos had a
last-minute header correctly ruled out for offside before Ronaldo
lost his footing when seemingly well placed to meet a cross
when unmarked four yards out.
Real turn to their difference maker
Ronaldo was anonymous in a first half which was controlled by
Bayern but the former Manchester United man dominated after
the break to carry his side into a strong position.
The forward had not scored in the Champions League since a
draw with Borussia Dortmund in late September but found
space brilliantly 97 seconds into the second half to steer Dani
Carvajal’s precise cross into the bottom corner.
Ronaldo was then the key figure as Martinez picked up two
bookings in three minutes, both for needless fouls around the
halfway line on the Real number seven.
Bayern, who had won their last 16 Champions League games at
the Allianz, were forced into survival mode by the red card and
only Neuer’s excellence prevented the Spanish side from forging
But Ronaldo found the winner Real deserved when he poked
substitute Marco Asensio’s cross through Neuer’s legs with the
studs of his right boot.