Ron­aldo, Real bring end to Bay­ern’s record run

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MU­NICH— Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bay­ern Mu­nich 2-1 in the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nal on Wed­nes­day, end­ing the Ger­man side’s tour­na­ment record of 16 straight wins at home.

Ron­aldo’s sec­ond-half goals saw him be­come the first player to score 100 goals in Euro­pean club com­pe­ti­tion. The Por­tuguese star en­sured Madrid came from be­hind — af­ter Ar­turo Vi­dal’s 25th-minute header for Bay­ern — to put the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons on course to reach the semi­fi­nals for a sev­enth suc­ces­sive year. The sec­ond leg takes place in Madrid on Tues­day.

“We are still alive,” said Bay­ern coach Carlo Ancelotti af­ter los­ing to his for­mer side.

An­toine Griez­mann con­verted a first-half penalty kick to give Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win over Le­ices­ter in their first leg of the Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter­fi­nals on Wed­nes­day, keep­ing the Span­ish club on track to make it to the fi­nal for a sec­ond straight sea­son.

And Borus­sia Dortmund lost 3-2 at home to Monaco in the quar­ter­fi­nal that was resched­uled from Tues­day, when three ex­plo­sions tar­geted the Ger­man team’s bus.

Bay­ern was with­out club top-scorer Robert Le­wandowski af­ter he failed to re­cover from a knock to his right shoul­der. But it had not been beaten at home in the com­pe­ti­tion since April 2014, when it lost 4-0 to Ancelotti’s Madrid in the semi­fi­nals. Madrid went on to win the ti­tle.

Ancelotti’s suc­ces­sor at Madrid, Zine­dine Zi­dane, is bid­ding to be­come the first coach to lead a side to backto-back ti­tles in the Cham­pi­ons League era.

“We suf­fered here but all-in-all it’s not easy to play here. They have a great team and great play­ers,” Zi­dane said. “We needed pa­tience to de­cide the match. I think it’s a good re­sult for us. The key was pa­tience.”

Bay­ern forced sev­eral cor­ners early on and the sixth fi­nally paid off when Vi­dal headed home through Key­lor Navas’ fin­gers.

Madrid dis­played none of the ini­tia­tive in the first half. While Bay­ern’s Ar­jen Robben, Franck Ribery, David Alaba and Thi­ago Al­can­tara were run­ning and forc­ing the game, the vis­i­tors ap­peared static.

Bay­ern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vi­dal sent his penalty well over the bar af­ter Dani Car­va­jal was ad­judged to have han­dled the ball. The Madrid de­fender was booked though TV re­plays showed Ribery’s shot had hit his up­per body.

“It hap­pens in foot­ball. It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last,” Ancelotti said of the missed penalty, call­ing it one of the “small de­tails” that de­cided the game.

Ron­aldo scored two min­utes af­ter the break with one touch to Car­va­jal’s cross. It en­sured Madrid ex­tended its Span­ish record of scor­ing in 53 con­sec­u­tive games.

AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Real Madrid striker Cris­tiano Ron­aldo heads the ball dur­ing a Cham­pi­ons League match against Bay­ern Mu­nich on Wed­nes­day.

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