1. Ronaldo deserves every single one of his 100 goals
It was quite well publicised ahead of Real Madrid’s match against Bayern Munich that Cristiano Ronaldo was suffering a goal drought in the Champions League, but that term is always relative when it comes to one of the great goalscorers of any era. Then, after 659 minutes without finding the net, he did. Twice.
Every inch the penalty-box predator he has transformed into, Ronaldo slotted the ball past Manuel Neuer after 47 and 77 minutes to turn the game on its head, deliver a 2-1 win away in Munich and become the first player to score 100 goals in European football. It is a quite remarkable achievement from a quite remarkable player, who would have had a hat-trick were it not for Neuer producing a mind-blowing save in between his two goals when he batted away a goal-bound shot with the strongest of arms.
Ronaldo looked on the verge of tears when denied. His histrionics make him hard to warm to but he is easy to admire. A paragon of self-improvement, discipline and hard work, he has the career he deserves. Who would rule out a third Champions League title in four years at this stage, with Madrid having one foot in the last four?
2. Leicester can plead bad luck, but they know the truth
In his post-match press conference, Craig Shakespeare was genuinely asked whether Leicester were "to stay or not to stay" in the competition after their 1-0 loss to Atletico Madrid. He missed an open goal by not complaining about "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" when it came to the terrible decision which gifted Atleti the only goal, Marc Albrighton being punished for a foul which occurred outside the box, allowing Antoine Griezmann to score. Still, they were hardly hard done by overall.
Leicester’s amazing story over the past two seasons has been one of teams underestimating them, of taking them for granted while playing to their strengths. Not tonight. Atletico Madrid knew exactly what kind of fight they were in and – quite understandably for a team which has reached two of the past three Champions League finals – enforced their superior experience at this level to great effect.
Leicester have killed so many teams on the counter but inside 30 minutes it was Atleti inflicting some of that pain back on them as they raced down the pitch and won the penalty. The home side dominated throughout – there was even a suggestion that Jamie Vardy didn't complete a single pass all night – and even if Leicester can be rightly proud of the scoreline, there isn't much hope going into the second leg. Atleti always deal in small margins and a 1-0 win should be enough.
3. Football was the winner in Dortmund
After the fear, the relief. The precise reasons behind what the police described as a “targeted assault” against the Borussia Dortmund bus on Tuesday night are still unclear, although one person has been arrested while Marc Bartra recovers from surgery resulting from injuries sustained in an explosion. Thomas Tuchel did not want Dortmund to play – “we wished we'd had more time to deal with what happened but someone in Switzerland decided we have to play,” he said prior to kick-off. “Not very fair.” And there was no disguising the fact Dortmund were simply not themselves in a first half which saw them concede twice and have a let-off when Fabinho managed to drag a penalty wide for Monaco.
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