Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open
Apr 19 2017
"That is how ambitious he is".
His absence proved to be crucial as Real Madrid came from behind to secure a 2-1 advantage ahead of the second leg thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half.
It could have been worse for Bayern - Sergio Ramos had a goal ruled out late for offside.
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.
"I thought it was going to be a difficult match before going on the pitch, that Bayern would go hard in the game", he said. This was one of the most anticipated games of the season, Both of these teams take part of a short list of favorites to win the Champions League Final.
However the score could have been well different if Vidal would not have missed the penalty at the last minute before the break when Bayern led 1-0. a 2-0 lead going into the second half would have been much different.
Bayern's Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty before Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the victor 13 minutes from time when he was picked out by Marco Asenio and finished calmly.
The results: Bayern Munich 1 (Vidal 26) lost to Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo 47, 77).
With Bayern Munich hosting the first leg of this blockbuster UEFA Champions League quarterfinal over Real Madrid, the Spanish side would have known the importance of scoring an away goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo has not quite been his usual ridiculous goalscoring self this season, with questions, slowly but surely, being asked over the Real Madrid superstar's powers waning as age finally catches up.
Madrid has gone 53 straight games scoring at least one goal and is closing in on Bayern's European record of 61 consecutive games with at least a goal, from March 2013 to April 2014.
The 32-year-old first found the net during Manchester United's 3-0 win over Hungarian outfit Debrecen in a Champions League qualifier in August 2005, with Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy also on the scoresheet that night.
It had been a frustrating first half for the Portugal forward and his team-mates, Bayern controlling possession and ceding few opportunities for Madrid to attack.
But a touch of Ronaldo genius is always just around the corner to remind us just how great an athlete and footballer he really is.
"We've won the first match, the second is still to come", he added.
Seeking its first league title since 2012, Madrid has a game in hand and a three-point lead over two-time defending champion Barcelona, which hosts sixth-place Real Sociedad later on Saturday.