Ronaldo Nets 100 European Goal in Real Win
Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 100th European goal on Wednesday to give holders Real Madrid a 2-1 comeback win at 10-man Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinal, first-leg.
Arturo Vidal headed Bayern into a first-half lead, but then skied a penalty attempt on the stroke of half-time before Ronaldo volleyed the defending champions’ level.
Bayern played the last half an hour a man down after centre-back Javi Martinez was sent off for two fouls on Ronaldo within three minutes of each other.
Four-time world player of the year Ronaldo then slotted in the winner between goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s legs for the winner 13 minutes from time.
Bayern suffered a blow before kick-off when top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has netted 38 goals this season, dropped out with a bruised shoulder and Thomas Muller deputised as striker.
Bayern were also missing injured Germany defender Mats Hummels against Real’s formidable BBC attack – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.
Ronaldo’s double turned the game on its head but without Neuer’s show of defiance Real would already be assured of a place in their 28th European Cup semi-final.
In the first half he touched a Benzema header onto the underside of the crossbar before, in a matter of minutes, turning Bale’s header over from just four yards out, saving from Benzema with his legs and then making a superb one-handed save to keep out Ronaldo’s drive from eight yards out.
Four superb saves – but then he was beaten by Ronaldo’s second from close range.
Before this game, Bayern had won their past 16 Champions League fixtures at the Allianz Arena, a run that stretched back to April 2014. It took Ronaldo to change that.