Bayern Munich 1-2 Real Madrid

REAL DEFEAT BAYERN

Cristiano Ronaldo overturned Arturo Vidal’s header as Real Madrid won 2-1 at Bayern Munich, who had Javi Martinez sent off.

A second-half double from Cristiano Ronaldo secured a 2-1 win for Real Madrid against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and a firm advantage in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

The Portugal captain struck two minutes after the break to cancel out Arturo Vidal’s bullet header before poking home a second to give the holders a strong result to take back to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return fixture.

Bayern had been good value for their lead but Vidal’s missed penalty allowed Madrid to get back into the match, before a red card for Javi Martinez left the Bundesliga leaders facing a battle to ensure they stayed in the tie.

The first half belonged to the home side and Vidal in particular, the midfielder scoring with one emphatic header, missing a clear chance for a second and blazing a controversial spot-kick over the crossbar.

Madrid responded through Ronaldo’s first goal in the tournament since September 27 and Martinez’s two quick-fire yellow cards gave them a foothold they never looked likely to relinquish, before Ronaldo’s second 13 minutes from time sealed the win – his 100th goal in European competition.

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Real Madrid reached quarter finals

Two quick-fire goals saw Real Madrid survive an early scare to win 3-1 at Napoli on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a seventh successive time.

Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, Dries Mertens gave Napoli hope with a 24th-minute strike to send a packed San Paolo stadium into raptures. But Madrid captain Sergio Ramos headed in a Toni Kroos corner early in the second half and had another header deflected in by Mertens six minutes later to effectively end the contest.

Alvaro Morata wrapped up the 6-2 victory on aggregate for the holders by tapping in a rebound in stoppage time after Pepe Reina had denied Cristiano Ronaldo.

“We really suffered a lot in the first half, we couldn’t do what we wanted to do, they were pressing us very high,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Then we made changes in the second half and we were much better. It was completely different. We are happy.

“We knew the beginning of the match would be very hard … but a match is 90 minutes and I think we did very well in the second half.”

Napoli was left to rue its first-half profligacy which saw Mertens hit the post. Ronaldo, who is two goals short of becoming the first player to score 100 times in European competition, was also denied by the woodwork.

“We weren’t only equal to Real Madrid for the first 55 minutes, we were better than them,” Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri said. “We put them in a lot of difficulty and that’s something to be proud of. We’re very disappointed above all for the fans, because these fans deserved something more.”

Ramos acknowledged that Madrid has a lot of work to do if it is to become the first side to successfully defend its Champions League title.

“I’m happy that I scored in a critical moment of the match, when we were suffering. But above all it was as a team that we got through,” Ramos said. “We need to reflect now on things, they dominated for nearly the entire first half. We really suffered. We’ll take time now to think about things calmly.”

Tuesday’s other return fixture in the Round of 16 also ended with the same scoreline as the first leg as Bayern Munich inflicted another 5-1 rout on Arsenal, which collapsed to its heaviest loss at the Emirates Stadium after having captain Laurent Koscielny sent off.

Needing to win by at least two clear goals, Napoli applied the pressure right from the start, with Mertens having a shot deflected over the bar in the opening minute.

Marek Hamsik also fired inches wide, while Lorenzo Insigne had a 30-yard (meter) snapshot turned around the post by Keylor Navas.

Madrid appeared to have weathered the early storm and Gareth Bale threatened but the Spanish side was undone by a moment of brilliance from Napoli. Insigne and Hamsik combined, with the latter threading a delightful pass for Mertens to rush into the area and slot into the bottom right corner.

It was Mertens’ 17th goal in his past 16 matches and his fifth in the Champions League this season.

Madrid almost leveled five minutes later when Ronaldo rounded Reina but his attempt came off the near post from a difficult angle.

Napoli also hit the post in the 38th minute as Mertens’ diagonal effort crashed off the base of the left upright.

Madrid had scored in its past 46 matches and it leveled six minutes after the break.

Hamsik gave the ball away in the middle of his own half and Elseid Hysaj was forced to head out the danger at the far post, with Ramos nodding in the resulting corner.

“The match changed after their goal. Continuing with that rhythm, that intensity, that drive was impossible because our whole mentality changed,” Sarri said. “It removed all hope of qualifying.”

Madrid doubled its lead from another corner to all but extinguish Napoli’s hopes, before Morata rounded off the scoring.

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Real Madrid 3-1 Napoli

7′ – GOAL! 0-1 FOR NAPOLI! Born Neapolitan Lorenzo Insigne gets his team after playing eight minutes ahead of Madrid.

17′ – GOAL! 1-1 REAL MADRID! Karim Benzema put the home team with a header on the same level.

45′ – End of first half

In order to indicate the relationships between Real Madrid and Napoli equally. And then does Gareth Bale, the man of 100 million, still disagree because of injury.

48 ‘- GOAL! 2-1 REAL MADRID! There’s the lead for the people of Madrid. Faouzi Ghoulam loses the ball and Real Madrid switch over James Rodriguez quickly. Cristiano Ronaldo passes Koulibaly with double scissors and puts the ball right back on the edge of the penalty area. There is Toni Kroos able to slide within controlled the ball.

53′- GOAL! 3-1 REAL MADRID! Shortly after the 2-1 there immediately 3-1 and what one!: Casemiro made with a volley from 25 meters out loud and see his effort fly into the far corner. A lovely goal.

90 ‘+ 3’ – End of the second half!