Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Despite goals and win, Ronaldo still wanted more

The pair of strikes made Ronaldo the first player ever to score 100 goals in European competition.

Zidane later revealed that Bale, who only returned from a long-term ankle injury in February, was not feeling in good shape at half-time and was replaced by Marco Asensio as a precaution.

It could have been a higher score and Real captain Sergio Ramos had the ball in the net late on, but the goal was disallowed.

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.

That goal, his 97 in the Champions League, meant Ronaldo now has 100 club goals in all UEFA competitions, a record. Of course, once Lewandowski returns his side will get back into their usual form but until then, they need to learn how to win games without him because it seems like when it comes to big Champions League games, they simply can not function without the Polish striker.

Ronaldo came to the rescue to seal a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich.

The big German, though, will not want to see a replay of Ronaldo's victor, when he toe-poked the ball in from six yards, which squirmed through Neuer's legs. It's a key moment in the game.

In first-half stoppage time, Bayern had a chance to extend their lead after Carvajal was adjudged to have blocked Ribery's shot with his arm.

Real have made a positive start to a huge April with Barcelona also visiting the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend. "We will suffer in the second leg and we know it".

Four superb saves - but then he was beaten by Ronaldo's second from close range. With our second-half display, in which we regained possession a lot and played very well and with the chances we created, it would have been better had we managed to come away from here having scored another goal.

"It always comes down to small margins, you have to believe until the end and we did that. A lot", Zidane said of Germany's top 'keeper.

"A third goal would have been a bonus".

"We played 11 against 10 for the last 30 minutes and had a lot of possession which changed the match and the result". It was the Ronaldo Los Blancos supporters were costumed to seeing.

Coming into Wednesday's Champions League quarter-finals first-leg fixture against Bayern Munich, the Portuguese striker had been goal-less in six consecutive European games, with his last goal coming against Borussia Dortmund back in September. Bayern collapsed, in a way that a team with this much experience should never do.

After being sent off in the first leg, Javi Martinez is suspended, while Jerome Boateng is out with an adductor problem.

- Only Juventus (22) have received more red cards in Champions League history than Bayern (18, level with Arsenal).

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