Cristiano Ronaldo rues Real Madrid misses despite hitting ton

Apr 15, 2017, 02:15
Cristiano Ronaldo rues Real Madrid misses despite hitting ton

More importantly, Ronaldo's interventions brought Real Madrid close to a Champions League semi-final spot.

Despite scoring twice in Real Madrid's 2-1 win to become the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competition, Ronaldo lamented the chances squandered by his team in the first leg of the quarterfinals. "Those who doubt Cristiano are wrong", said full-back Marcelo.

Ronaldo said he was happy with how the game had gone, and that he and his teammates had still been confident in the dressing room at half-time even at 1-0 down. It is not easy to play here against a team like Bayern. Even losing at the break, we had a good feeling for the second half. We did it again and having scored those two goals I'm so pleased because I helped Real Madrid to win. The return game is on Tuesday.

Zinedine Zidane described Cristiano Ronaldo as "amazing" and hailed the Real Madrid forward's continued motivation after he made more history with his double against Bayern Munich.

"But after they missed the penalty, I was convinced the team would be encouraged and the second half was going to be ours".

"Having 10 players of course made it more hard, but we did okay".

With chances few and far between, Griezmann made the difference as it was he who also won the penalty with a lung-busting run from deep before being brought down by Marc Albrighton midway through the first half.

Zidane said he did not plan to call on any backup from the club's Castilla reserve side, while adding that rarely used left-back Fabio Coentrao could get a runout against Sporting.

At the end of the night, Ronaldo (four) had more shots on target than Bayern Munich (three).

The home goalkeeper brilliantly denied Benzema and Ronaldo, but the second goal Madrid had been threatening arrived with 13 minutes left.

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

Barca are on the brink of elimination from Europe's elite competition after their resounding 3-0 defeat at Juventus, and reports in the Catalan media yesterday said tensions were high between the dressing room and Luis Enrique.

Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund in the 57th minute but another defensive mistake allowed Mbappe to break away and grab a third goal for the Ligue 1 side.

However, Bayern chairman Rummenigge has given fans fresh hope of turning the tie around after revealing Lewandowski will be fit for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"He felt a tweak at half time and I didn't want to take any risks".