Ronaldo happy to hit 100-goal milestone - Zidane

Rachel Hardy
April 16, 2017

Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to win 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions quarter-final at the Allianz Arena to take a huge step towards a record seventh consecutive semi-final.

Ronaldo had failed to score in the competition since September 27 - a run of 659 minutes - before he struck early in the second half to cancel out Arturo Vidal's opening goal.

Meanhile, Atletico Madrid have a slight advantage over Leicester City after an Antoine Griezmann penalty helped them to a 1-0 win in a Champions League quarterfinal first leg at the Vicente Calderon. They're a team that have perhaps struggled throughout the season, but in any given game they can cause you problems. "We would have preferred to have scored another goal", Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane told French TV.

"A tie is never decided in the first leg, but we played a good match".

"We had everything under control in the first half, but didn't use the room consistently", said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm.

The Portuguese, who scored his third and fourth goal of this season's UEFA Champions League campaign on the night, became the first player to net 100 goals in European competition.

Asensio's substitution helped Real as he assisted Ronaldo's second goal of the match, which proved to be the victor after the end of the first leg.

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But Bayern were outplayed in the second-half and most of Madrid's 23 shots on goal came after the break.

Bale will therefore be sidelined in Gijon with a view towards being included for Tuesday's second leg against Bayern.

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.

Real made a poor start, rarely threatening Germany's goalkeeper Neuer, back after minor foot surgery a fortnight ago.

"We had no luck tonight and it was the small details which made the difference", the Italian coach said. We showed patience and we showed the willingness to get the right result. With patience, and taking the ball from them, the second half was very good.

"Gareth Bale felt a tweak at halftime and that I didn't need to take any threats", Zidane said.

That makes 100 goals in 143 games, a sensational record that books him another place in the record books - although it may not last long as rival Lionel Messi is just three goals behind him (97 goals in just 118 games).

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