Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ronaldo knocks out Manchester United from Champions League

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Real Madrid are through to the quarter final.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the goal that effectively knocked out his former team, Manchester United, from the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid secured a 2-1 win at the Old Trafford on Tuesday in the second leg round of 16 tie.

The 2-1 win saw the Coach Jose Mourinho tutored side progress to the quarter final with a 3-2 aggregate having played out a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeau in the first leg. Ronaldo was also on target then.

Real Madrid, after starting on the back foot owing to a 48th minute own goal from captain, Sergio Ramos, cashed in on a 56th minute controversial red card given to Nani as they scored two goals inside 3 minutes to secure a priceless 2-1 victory over the Red Devils.

After both teams started out cautiously, Sergio Ramos tapped the ball into his own net in the 48th minute when Nani played in a cross into Madrid’s penalty box.

Statistics show that Madrid have scored the most own goals in the CL this season (Arbeloa v Dortmund & Ramos v Man Utd).

However, while United felt they are on course to make it through, there was drama in the 56th minute when a red card was shown to Nani after he jumped high with his boots to hit Sami Khedira.

In the 61st minute, Madrid was close to making their one man advantage count when a Gonzalo Higuain header was intercepted by another by Manchester United defender, Rafael.

Second half substitute Luka Modric, in the 66th minute, equalized for Madrid; and three minutes later Ronaldo, who has been quiet all day, got to the end of a cross from the right flank to tuck in Madrid’s second for the night.

In the other game, Borrusia Dortmund of Germany pulled through at the expense of Shaktar Donetsk of Ukraine, whom they defeated at home 3-0.

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