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UEFA Champions League

Ronaldo's Late Stunner Inspires Real Comeback

UEFA Champions League 

Result: Real Madrid 2-1 Sporting Lisbon 

Date: 14 September 2016

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata struck late to hand Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in their UEFA Champions League opener.

The defending champions looked to have the regular line-up once again, with Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema lining up in the attack.

The Portuguese outfit got off to an encouraging start and a couple efforts at goal through Bruno Cesar and Gelson Martins.

Los Blancos had to wait until the 27th minute for their first real opening of the game, when Cristiano Ronaldo's strike forced Rui Patricio into a fine save.

That proved to be Real's only chance of the opening stanza, as the score remained goalless as the sides entered the halftime break.

Sporting broke the deadlock shortly after the halftime break, as Bruno Cesar pounced on a loose ball, before curling a ball into the far corner.

With Real struggling to break down Sporting, Zinedine Zidane opted for a double change after 67 minutes by introducing Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata for Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

Ronaldo squandered a glorious chance to level matters for the host in the 81st minute, as he struck the upright from from six-yards out.

However, Ronaldo made up for his miss in the 89th minute, as he rifled home a superb free-kick into the top corner, 1-1.

Los Blancos pushed for a winner in the closing stages and were rewarded in stoppage time when Morata rose well to head home James Rodriguez's cross.

 

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