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> Sport­ing sal­va­tion a warn­ing for Real, says Ron­aldo

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CRIS­TIANO RON­ALDO warned Real Madrid will be pun­ished if they don’t im­prove on their per­for­mance in an edgy 2-1 win over Sport­ing Lis­bon to start their Cham­pi­ons League de­fence.

Al­varo Mo­rata headed home the win­ner four min­utes into stop­page time at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu yes­ter­day af­ter an 89th minute Ron­aldo free­kick had can­celled out Bruno Ce­sar’s opener for Sport­ing.

“It is a warn­ing that in the com­ing games we can’t start so softly be­cause if we do they can make a fool of us,” Ron­aldo told BeIN Sports.

Ron­aldo re­fused to cel­e­brate his goal against the side where he be­gan his ca­reer and he raised his hands al­most apolo­get­i­cally to­wards the thou­sands of Sport­ing fans who made the trip to Madrid and gave him a rous­ing re­cep­tion be­fore kick­off.

“It was an im­por­tant goal. The game was al­most over, there was a minute to go, but we were play­ing against a team that didn’t sur­prise me,” added Ron­aldo.

“They wanted to play well and make life dif­fi­cult for us.

“For me it is a priv­i­lege to know that the peo­ple still have this love for me.

“At the mo­ment I am happy at Real Madrid and as I have said I want to fin­ish my ca­reer here be­cause it is the club that is in my heart right now.”

Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane praised his side’s ef­fort and be­lief to fight their way back into the match de­spite be­ing sur­pris­ingly out­played for the open­ing hour.

“We are Real Madrid so ev­ery game is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult be­cause teams want to come here and cause us prob­lems,” said the French­man.

“We never gave up. The ef­fort was tremen­dous. We are not go­ing to win ev­ery game 5-0. To­day we had to suf­fer, but we got the three points.”

Zi­dane had a huge role to play in Real’s fight­back as he took the brave de­ci­sion to sacri­fice stars Gareth Bale, Karim Ben­zema and Toni Kroos when trail­ing for Lu­cas Vazquez, Mo­rata and James Ro­driguez re­spec­tively.

And it was from a Ro­driguez cross that Mo­rata rose high­est to power home the win­ner with the last ac­tion of the game.

By con­trast, Sport­ing coach Jorge Je­sus was fu­ri­ous af­ter he was sent off from the touch­line by Ital­ian ref­eree Paolo Tagli­avento with his side lead­ing 1-0.

“Real Madrid play­ers were talk­ing to the ref­eree and noth­ing hap­pened to them so I thought it was ok if I did the same thing,” said a dis­grun­tled Je­sus.

“I don’t know if we would have lost if I was on the bench un­til the end of the match.” – AFP

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