Ronaldo Put Madrid Back In The Driving Seat With Brace

Siboniso Mawandla | The Republic Mail

A seven-month Champions League goal drought for Cristiano Ronaldo ended when Real Madrid came from behind to beat 10-man Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final in Munich.

The Portuguese captain remains the only player to have scored 100 goals in the European cup competition.  The star 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 goals.

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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.

Post-match comments from the managers:

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane: “It’s a big result, it isn’t easy to come here and win.

“It always comes down to small margins, you have to believe until the end and we did that. When they went down to 10 men we created plenty of chances and it was a shame that we didn’t get the third. Their keeper was in top form.

“A third goal would have been a bonus.”

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti: “It will be difficult in 90 minutes in Madrid but we are still alive. We missed the penalty which would have put us 2-0 up and then within three minutes it was 1-1.”