Ronaldo landmark as Madrid wins 2-1, ends Bayern record run
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 11:43
Arturo Vidal's thumping header steered manager Carlo Ancelotti's side into the lead before Ronaldo equalised early in the second half and added a late victor after Javi Martinez's 60th-minute sending off.
Bayern opened the scoring through Arturo Vidal who headed a corner kick past Keylor Navas.
The Chilean then had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 in the the second minute of stoppage time after the referee gave a harsh penalty against Dani Carvajal.
Ronaldo was next to test Neuer with a powerful effort from inside the six-yard box, but the German worldwide was up to the task once again as he produced another remarkable stop to keep the first leg level.
With 13-minutes left in the game, Ronaldo stabbed the ball past Neuer to take his tally to 100 European goals and left Bayern Munich on the verge of elimination. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.theeagleonline.com.ng as the source. It forced Bayern down to 10 men at an inopportune time and ensures that Martinez will miss the second leg in Madrid next week.
But Ronaldo found the victor Real deserved when he poked substitute Marco Asensio's cross through Neuer's legs with the studs of his right boot.
The return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu will have to witness a miracle if Bayern are to go through, for overturning a deficit from the home leg is never an easy task in the Champions League, let alone against the holders.
The 32-year-old forward's brace secured a potentially vital 2-1 win for Zinedine Zidane's men, and also carried CR7 to a world-first. Toni Kross sent a unsafe cross inside the penalty area that was met by Karim Benzema whose header hit the ground and the woodwork before Manuel Neuer pounced on the rebound.
Of Ronaldo's haul in Europe's top competition, he has managed 82 for Real, with the other 16 coming for Manchester United, and his double took him four goals ahead of Lionel Messi (94) in the race to become the first player to score 100 Champions League goals.
Zidane had to jog to reach the dugout in time for the second half after delivering a lengthy team talk, and he did not have to wait long to watch his side restore parity.
Carlo Ancelotti's side barely registered after the break, managing just two attempts on goal in contrast to their 11 in the first half, and they must hope that Poland goal-machine Lewandowski can recover from a shoulder problem to lead the line in Madrid next week.
"Even another goal would not have made that much difference".
Neuer was called into action two minutes later to parry away Ronaldo's shot on the turn, while Kroos curled an effort wide of the right post moments later after cutting inside from the left.
Real defender Sergio Ramos had the ball in the Bayern net with time running out, but the goal was ruled offside but the Spaniards have the upper hand for the second leg at home next Tuesday.