Ronaldo double secures Real comeback win over Bayern

Posted April 16, 2017

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo said he was not aware that anyone doubted his ability after he became the first player ever to reach 100 European goals with a double as his team came back to win 2-1 in Wednesday's Champions League quarterfinal first leg at Bayern Munich.

The four-time Ballon d'Or victor ended his first European goals since September with the 47th-minute equaliser before putting Madrid in the box seat 13 minutes from time.

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.

Real still have to fend off a likely Bayern fightback on Tuesday, but they remain on course to become the first team to retain the Champions League.

The Los Blancos talisman has now scored 97 goals in the Champions League, two in the UEFA Super Cup and one in UEFA Champions League qualification.

Already missing their key player Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller's bad game made matters worse for the Bundesliga leaders.

Ronaldo then hit the victor as substitute Marco Asensio, on for Bale, put in a low pass for Ronaldo to tap the ball home between Neuer's legs. "With our second half, playing very well, keeping the ball from the opponent and the chances we had, it is clear that another goal would have been better".

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"We had no luck tonight and it was the small details which made the difference", the Italian said. It's a deserved victory and everything is open for the second leg.

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after his first goal during the UEFA Champions League 1st leg quarter-final football match FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid in Munich, southen Germany on April 12, 2017.

German number one Manuel Neuer could count himself unfortunate to finish on the losing side following some superb saves.

Ancelotti has kept faith with Guardiola's side - the nucleus of which won the title under Heynckes in 2013 - but Bayern's second-half capitulation demonstrates that a wholesale overhaul of the squad is needed if they are to win a sixth European crown.

"We could have been 2-0 down at half-time, which could have changed the match, but we managed to show some patience and get the equaliser", said Zidane.

"Gareth Bale felt a tweak at halftime and that I didn't need to take any threats", Zidane said. Cristiano Ronaldo equalised just after the start of the second half and Real were handed an advantage when Xavi Martinez received his second yellow just after the hour mark.