Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ronaldo: Champions League is Real Madrid's competition

Ronaldo: Champions League is Real Madrid's competition

It was a more mixed night for Ronaldo's strike partner Bale, who was involved in two of Marid's three goals and did his best work when drifting to a left-wing position, but was again whistled by some of the more demanding home fans.

The second half began in frantic fashion with Ronaldo rattling the bar from a Dani Carvajal cross, before the Portugal captain confidently doubled his side's lead from the penalty spot after Lago was adjudged to have handled Bale's cross.

Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale's low cross.

"The same thing happened previous year so we're not anxious at all, the opposite", said Zidane, who is the first coach to successfully defend the European Cup since 1990 and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January 2016.

Tottenham travel to Cyprus in two weeks to play APOEL, and Pochettino is confident the performance against Dortmund will stand them in good stead for the rest of their campaign. His second in the 51st was a penalty kick after a handball was called inside the area. His Champions League success came in 2015, when Barca overcame Juventus by 3 goals to 1 in Berlin to claim their first European title in four years.

But the Portuguese superstar scored twice on his return - taking his Champions League career goals tally to a record 107 - and Sergio Ramos added a spectacular overhead kick.

Ronaldo also struck the crossbar, and had two goals disallowed for offside. Whilst Borussia Dortmund will be keen to win at Wembley after losing the Champions League final there in 2013.

APOEL was eliminated by Madrid when it made its surprising run to the quarterfinals in 2012.

"I am not going to revolutionise what I want to do with this team due to one bad game", Zidane insisted afterwards.

"We need to challenge them".

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Madrid defensive midfielder Mateo Kovacic had to be substituted midway through the first half because of an apparent muscle injury.

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