Ronaldo landmark as Madrid wins 2-1, ends Bayern record run

Champions League Ronaldo Hits 100th European Goal Atletico Beat Leicester

Ronaldo became the first player to reach 100 goals in UEFA competitions in Madrid's 2-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

However, after Carvajal found space down the right, Ronaldo volleyed the ensuing cross past Manuel Neuer for his 99th goal in UEFA club competition. "People who love Cristiano never have any doubts". "I really wanted to reach this milestone". "I'm happy with the substation because Marco did well out there". Having said that the Welshman is still one of the best players in the world and on his day can rip apart any team. "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. The victory is deserved although it leaves things very open for the return game".

While Martinez's dismissal opened the contest up, it can not mask the reality that Bayern are past their prime and the veterans of the 2013 Champions League victory ultimately found themselves outthought, outplayed and outran. But the second half had gone bad to worse for the Bavarians soon after the goals as Javi Martinez sent off for tackling on Ronaldo. Real made a poor start, rarely threatening Germany's goalkeeper Neuer, back after minor foot surgery a fortnight ago.

On the other hand, Barcelona has been routed for another time.

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.

Despite an admirable 19 goals in 24 league appearances, Ronaldo looks unlikely to match the tallies he has managed in his last six seasons (40, 46, 34, 31, 48, 35). They've failed to score in three of their four trips to top-five ranked sides since 2013/14, with two of these seeing fewer than two goals and since Real don't need to win, this could prove a low-scoring encounter.

The Poland hot-shot sat out Wednesday's 2-1 loss in Munich with a bruised shoulder as Cristiano Ronaldo chalked up his 100th European goal, scoring twice to cancel out Arturo Vidal's first-half opener.

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. "We've won the first match, the second is still to come", he added.

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