Register Login Scores

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.

 

Man Utd Star Linked With Switch To EPL Rival

Sanchez Snubs Ronaldo For His All-Time XI

La Liga Teams To Take Preseason Tour In South Africa

281 comments

Top 5

Players Who Lied About Their Age

47 Jun 04, 2021 07:26 PM in World News

Downs Lining Up Monster Bid For SSU Duo?

133 Jun 22, 2021 10:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The 10 Highest-Paid Players Over Past Year, African Superstar Features

Jun 02, 2021 09:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Another Career Setback For Rantie?

32 Jun 22, 2021 03:17 PM in PSL

UEFA Respond To Ronaldo's Coke Bottle Incident

12 Jun 19, 2021 01:05 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Four Chiefs, Five Ahly Stars Dominate CAF Team

68 Jun 21, 2021 04:57 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

7 Players Returning To Real Madrid

2 Jun 23, 2021 11:32 AM in LaLiga

Zwane Reacts To Chiefs' Crucial Win In Morocco

314 Jun 20, 2021 08:47 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Barca Want Ronaldo?

8 Jun 21, 2021 02:24 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Agent: He Wasn’t Given The Opportunity

23 Jun 22, 2021 04:15 PM in Orlando Pirates

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Leaked: SA Olympics Squad?

43 Jun 22, 2021 11:47 AM in SA National Teams

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Another Downs Player Heading Out?

21 Jun 22, 2021 11:23 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns