Ronaldo preserves real’s chances against his ex-club

Ronaldo preserves Real's chances against his ex-club

"No other soccer player in the world can score like that," enthused manu manager sir alex ferguson about his former protege. "His knees were as high as the head of defender patrice evra."

The london newspaper "the times" quipped: "lionel messi would need a ladder for such a goal."With the goal "air cristiano", as the madrid sports paper "marca" called the flying ronaldo, saved the "royals" from a home defeat in the eighth-final first leg of the champions league. Danny welbeck (20. Minute) had brought the table leader of the premier league against the at times clearly superior madrilenen uberrraschend in the lead.

The real fans were shocked by ronaldo’s equalizer (30.) a heavy load from the heart, but the schutze cheered only very cautiously. To the manu supporters in the bernabeu stadium he gave a look as if he was going to ask for apology. "I didn’t cheer out of respect for manu," the portuguese explained. "The club had taken me in when i was almost a child and was my home for six years. "In 2009, the world’s most expensive footballer was traded to real for the record amount of 94 million euros.

The draw puts the nine-time european cup winners in a tie for fifth place. Marz in old trafford faces a tricky task. For the team around mesut ozil and sami khedira, which is practically eliminated from the title fight in the spanish league, it is then about the success or failure of the whole season. Real had scored four times at home in the european cup, and was knocked out each time. "The chances are 50-50," real coach jose mourinho encouraged his team. "English football culture prohibits manu from playing as defensively in their own stadium as they did in madrid."

In manchester, of all places, the hero of the day was a native of madrilene. 22-year-old goalkeeper david de gea made spectacular saves to deny spanish record champions numerous goal-scoring opportunities. "El ciego" (the blind one), as the former atletico keeper is called by friends because of his contact lenses, may have silenced the critics in manchester for the time being with the game in his hometown. "The ‘blind man’ saw everything," the newspaper "el mundo" praised the goalkeeper.

In contrast, manu star wayne rooney went largely unnoticed. Ferguson sacrificed the attacker to his defensive strategy, preferring to play him as a forward right-back. The result: rooney did not even shoot at the real goal, but completed a running workload of more than ten kilometers until his substitution.

Bundesliga referee felix brych had a good grip on the match between europe’s top clubs. Mourinho did not say a bad word about the impartial. The madrid sports press, however, held it against him that he had to give a penalty for real for a foul on angel di maria. But she also admitted that brych spared real defender raphael varane a red card for an "emergency stop".

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