Ronaldo and Real Madrid end Bayern Munich's Record Run
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 20:45
"We've taken a big step in the tie, but there's still the return leg to come against great opposition, who have shown that they're one of the favourites to win the competition", he told reporters.
Bayern were missing Poland forward Robert Lewandowsi because of a shoulder injury, and lacked a cutting edge in the final third. The FIFA Best Player Of The Year made his case for being called the "Greatest Of All Time" on April 12, after he became the first player to score 100 European goals!
The Wales worldwide was taken off in the 59th minute of the holders' Champions League quarter final first-leg victory in the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Ronaldo's comparatively low goal tally this season had seen his detractors claim the 32-year-old was on the decline, although his teammate Marcelo criticised those who had questioned the Portuguese's displays this term.
"We know they're important but we have a unit, a very strong team and a balanced team".
The winger attempted the most key passes and dribbles for his side, and was the only real unsafe player in a stunned Bayern team. I think it's a good result for us. The former France worldwide said his team's patience and ability to wrest possession away from Bayern had been key.
Nevertheless, the opener was scored at the other end of the pitch as Arturo Vidal headed home a corner kick from Thiago Alcantara to break the deadlock seven minutes later. Lewandowski could be back for the second leg and they will draw inspiration from the 2012 semi-final, when they travelled to Madrid and went through on penalties.
Ancelotti added: "Sometimes you miss a penalty, that was not the first one, and it will not be the last one, but we can build on the first half". Football is a real bag full of surprise and in a few minutes anything can happen. He hadn't scored for Madrid in three matches, since a 2-1 win over Real Betis in the Spanish league last month.
The German giants fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Los Blancos after a Cristiano Ronaldo brace gave the visitors two away goals.
Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer denied Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with fine stops but after Javi Martinez was sent off in the 61st minute following two quick-fire yellow cards, Real took control, leaving Bayern with much to do ahead of the second leg in Spain on Tuesday.
"The sending off was the turning point", Bayern captain Philipp Lahm said.