Ronaldo hails Real Madrid ‘reaction’ after win at Bayern

Date published: Thursday 13th April 2017 11:00

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to rack up 100 European goals with a brace in Real Madrid’s 2-1 win at Bayern Munich – but warned a place in the last four of the Champions League was still not secure.

The striker’s goals helped his side recover from going behind to Arturo Vidal’s opener at the Allianz Arena, with Vidal also wasting a chance to double the hosts’ lead when he missed a penalty.

Bayern had Javi Martinez sent off in the second half, paving the way for Ronaldo’s 77th-minute winner.

That goal took the Portuguese into three figures in European competition, 84 of those goals coming in Madrid colours.

“I am happy with the win, we reacted well to make a comeback,” Ronaldo said on the Madrid website.

“It is not easy to play here against a team like Bayern. Despite going behind in the first half we came back in the second half.

“We scored early on and from there the game was easy. It was a great win, the team played well and the return leg is open.

“I think if (Bayern goalkeeper Manuel) Neuer had not been on such form we would have scored more goals. Football is a real bag full of surprises and in a few minutes anything can happen.

“We scored, then Bayern had a man sent off and things suddenly became easier for us.

“Our hard work is paying off. I trained hard in order to be okay for this month and a half of competition. The results are going our way and I’m happy because of that.”

Madrid defender Sergio Ramos added: “We’ve taken a big step in the tie, but there’s still the return leg to come against great opposition, who have shown that they’re one of the favourites to win the competition.”

Bayern forward Thomas Muller admitted the Germans were pleased in the end to only come away with a 2-1 loss.

“At the end we are happy that he remained 2-1,” he said on the club website.

“So we still have every chance in Madrid. We have enough self belief, we have the quality and passion to win in Madrid.”

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