Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open

Cristiano Ronaldo reaches milestone but says Champions League tie remains open

After the great victory in the Champions League quarter finals against Bayern Munich, Zinedine Zidane spoke at press conference before tomorrow's match against Sporting Gijón at El Molinón (15:15 United Kingdom time). We did it again and having scored those two goals I'm so pleased because I helped Real Madrid to win. "That is how ambitious he is".

What has followed has been one of the great careers in European football, which has yielded a century of goals in just 140 games and has seen him lift the Champions League trophy on three occasions.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo issued a timely message to his critics following his match-winning display against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

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.

"Bale will not be with us tomorrow, that's clear", Zidane said.

Ronaldo has now scored 97 goals in the Champions League, two in the UEFA Super Cup and one in ECL qualifying.

Favour began to swing in the way of Madrid as Ronaldo levelled the scores early in the second half and settled the affair with the victor in the 77th minute, just 15 minutes after Javier Martinez received a red card.

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Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Arturo Vidal, who headed the hosts into a first-half lead, skied a penalty. Vidal then missed a penalty kick late in the first half.

The goals were the 99th and 100th by Ronaldo in European club competition, giving him the milestone almost seven months after he had scored his last Champions League goal in a 2-2 group-stage draw at Borussia Dortmund. I trained hard in order to be okay for this month and a half of competition.

Teammates of Marc Bartra, who underwent surgery for injuries to his wrist and arm after Tuesday's attack, wore T-shirts emblazoned with the defender's picture and a message in Spanish saying: "A lot of strength - we are with you".

The last time Madrid failed to score was in April, in a 0-0 draw at Manchester City in the Champions League semifinals. And the failure to have strengthened the squad could now turn out to be a mistake as Bayern may well be eliminated after the second leg in the Spanish capital, reports Xinhua news agency.

"Zinedine Zidane can't count for this game with Carvajal, Varane and Pepe in the defense and the journalists didn't doubt on asking what's his plan for line-up:" We have two important injuries in defense but we have others who are ready to play. In the end, both teams came away from their Champions League quarterfinal match relatively satisfied and looking ahead to next week's second leg in England.

Zidane warns the slender lead may not be enough in Madrid in the Spaniards' bid to become the first club to defend the Champions League title.

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