Ronaldo shines in Real win

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- Associated Press, MADRID

Apr 14, 2017-

Not even a pair of goals and an away victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League were enough to keep Cristiano Ronaldo happy.

Despite scoring twice in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win to become the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competition, Ronaldo lamented the chances squandered by his team in the first leg of the quarter-finals. “He was happy, but not too happy because he could have scored the third goal, too,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane said. “That is how ambitious he is.”

Ronaldo’s second-half goals allowed him to end a six-game scoring drought in the Champions League, and left Real on track to defend their European title. It also helped end Bayern’s 16-match winning streak at home. Real could have taken an even bigger advantage into next week’s second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium if they hadn’t missed so many chances. The team also had a goal from Sergio Ramos disallowed for offside.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was key to keeping Wednesday’s game close as the hosts played the final 30 minutes with 10 men following the sending off of Javi Martinez with consecutive yellow cards. “We did well to earn the comeback,” Ronaldo said. “But we leave with a sour taste because we could have scored more goals. I think if Neuer hadn’t been on such a good night we would have scored more.”

Neuer made two remarkable saves on shots by Ronaldo and Karim Benzema a few minutes apart toward the end of the match in Munich. Ronaldo scored in the 47th and 77th minutes after Bayern had taken the lead in the 25th on Arturo Vidal’s goal. Vidal then missed a penalty kick late in the first half.

The goals were the 99th and 100th for Ronaldo in European club competition, giving him the milestone nearly seven months after his last Champions League goal in a 2-2 group-stage draw at Borussia Dortmund. He hadn’t scored for Real in three matches in the Spanish League. “I trained hard to be playing well in this final month-and-a-half of the season,” Ronaldo said. “The results are going our way and I’m happy for that.”

Real have gone 53 games scoring at least one goal and are close to Bayern’s European record of 61 consecutive games with at least a goal, from March 2013 to April 2014. 

Simeone expects test in Leicester return

MADRID: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone believes his side face a “pure night” of football when they take a 1-0 to Leicester City’s King Power for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-finals. Antoine Griezmann’s penalty was the only goal at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday as Atletico failed to make the most of their dominance as Leicester failed to have a single shot on goal in 90 minutes. “We anticipate a fantastic football night. An English stadium, the fans close to the pich, it will be a pure night of football,” Simeone said of the return leg on April 18.

Leicester have now lost two consecutive games after winning their first six after Shakespeare replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri, who led the Foxes to a remarkable Premier League triumph last season. However, he backed the English champions to turn around their narrow deficit having won all four of their home Champions League games this season without even conceding a goal.

Tuchel fumes at Uefa as Dortmund lose

DORTMUND: Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel slammed the decision to play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco just a day after a bomb attack on the German team’s bus. 

Teenager Kylian Mbappe struck twice as Monaco claimed a thrilling 3-2 win at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, but Tuchel was furious at the way the incident was handled by governing body Uefa.

The fixture was postponed 24 hours after three explosions rocked the Dortmund team coach and left Spain international Marc Bartra with a broken wrist as the Germans made their way to the ground ahead of Tuesday’s scheduled kick-off. 

“We felt completely passed over, it came down to ‘tomorrow, you’re playing’,” said Tuchel. “Ultimately, it was decided in Nyon in Switzerland whether or not to play the next day. It was a somewhat powerless feeling. Each player had the right to start with a somewhat queasy feeling.” (AFP)



Dortmund    2-3    Monaco

Bayern    1-2    Real

Atletico    1-0    Leicester

Published: 14-04-2017 09:48

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