UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals – First Leg
REAL MADRID vs GALATASARAY
Date: April 3, 2012
Time: 18.45 GMT
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Rodri gave Zaragoza an early lead but Cristiano Ronaldo evened things up before halftime as Madrid were forced to settle for a draw.
Real Madrid and Real Zaragoza traded goals in the first half but neither side could find the winner in the second half and settled for a 1-1 draw.
Real Zaragoza came roaring out of the gate and scored early to but Real Madrid under immediate pressure. Luka Modric was late to a loose ball in the midfield and was beaten to the spot by Apoño who moved the ball forward with one touch to Rodri. The midfielder moved into the Madrid area and beat Diego Lopez over his right shoulder to give Zaragoza the early 1-0 advantage.
Real Madrid answered back seven minutes from halftime, taking advantage of a mistake by Glenn Loovens. The Dutch defender misplayed a long ball, giving up possession to Gonzalo Higuaín just outside the Zaragoza area. Higuain moved the ball left to Ronaldo who dribbled into the box and beat Roberto Gago just inside the near post. Gago appeared to misread Ronaldo‘s intentions and shifted just enough to the right to create the space that the Portuguese striker needed.
Zaragoza were denied a fairly clear penalty in the 59th minute when Michael Essien pulled down Hélder Postiga with two hands on his shoulder. The referee didn’t agree and Zaragoza were left frustrated by the decision.
Diego Lopez made a match saving save in the 78th. Francisco Montañés backed into the Madrid area along the touchline before spinning and sending a ball across to Postiga after the far post. Postiga’s header looked sure to put Zaragoza ahead of Lopez came flying across to deny the striker and keep the game tied.
Real Madrid Next Match:
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Date: April 3, 2012 | Time: 18.45 GMT
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid will be playing away match against Zaragoza tonight. The team already arrived on the location and now they are getting ready for the game.
Here are the pictures of Cristiano Ronaldo on training ahead Zaragoza match : Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo Training Before Zaragoza Match (29 March 2013)
Cristiano Ronaldo’s signature Nike CR Mercurial Vapor IX boots have been re-worked in a new colourway – and with the Portugal star’s ‘love to win, hate to lose’ logo on the heel, which is a heart with a big ‘X’ through it.
Brightly-coloured with neon yellow, orange and white, the boots also feature the number 7, Ronaldo’s squad number at Real Madrid, and a safari print on the Nike ‘swoosh’ – referencing his cheetah-like pace.
The new boots are sure to continue the Real Madrid star’s success – Ronaldo has hit 40 goals for club and country this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s new boots are in neon colours with his ‘love to win, hate to lose‘ logo
Ronaldo, modelling his new collection, has scored 40 goals for club and country this season.
Ronaldo was snapped wearing the new Nike CR7 collection. Fortsätt läsa Nike Summer 2013 CR7 Collection (Mar 29, 2013)
Cristiano Ronaldo has been with Real Madrid for four season now, and his goal tally keeps on increasing. With 60 goals in away match, he is now became the fourth top goal scorer in away match in La liga. The first on the list is Rauh with 87 goals, Di Stefano (71 goals) and Hugo Sanchez (70 goals). Ronaldo has tied with Santillana, however he might beat the record tomorrow when he plays against Zaragoza in away match.
With the record, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the most when it comes from the duration since he joined Real Madrid. While Raul had the number of goals in 16 seasons, Di Stefano in 11 seasons, and Sanchez in 7 seasons, Ronaldo made it in 4 seasons, with the highest goal per season of 15 goals.
The international duty with Portugal is over for now, with 3-3 draw against Israel and a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan. And now Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his club Real Madrid for facing the next La liga match against Zaragoza next Saturday. Fortsätt läsa Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo Training With Real Madrid (27 March 2013)
Cristiano Ronaldo has launched his website, Viva Ronaldo, after the chant the Manchester United fans penned for him in his Old Trafford days.
Cristiano Ronaldo on Facebook: ”Soon, I will be closer to all of you! Together we are stronger. Together we will win.”
Viva Ronaldo – www.vivaronaldo.com
Portugal kept their World Cup qualifying hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan to move just one point behind Group F leaders Russia.
The visitors dominated from the outset in Baku, but had to wait until the hour-mark to take the initiative as Bruno Alves powered a header past Kamran Agayev at the near post.
Second-half substitute Hugo Almeida added a second in the 79th minute as Azerbaijan finished the encounter with 10 men.
It was all Portugal early on as Danny saw an effort comfortably saved by Agayev and Joao Moutinho fired over the bar from distance in an encounter Paulo Bento’s men needed to win.
Moutinho flashed another shot wide from the edge of the area and Helder Postiga forced a good save out of Agayev from distance as the visitors pressed Azerbaijan early on.
Postiga directed his header goal-bound having met Vieirinha cross, but Agayev was equal to the effort as Portugal maintained their intense start midway through the first half.
Azerbaijan captain Rashad Sadygov was forced into a superb last-ditch challenge to deny Postiga, while Miguel Veloso saw his curling free-kick drift agonisingly wide as the hosts continued to frustrate Bento’s side.
Alves came closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes, but the powerful centre-back could only see his free-kick rebound off the post as Portugal struggled to find a way past Agayev.
Azerbaijan’s task was made more difficult in the 55th minute when striker Rauf Aliyev was given his marching orders as referee Andre Marriner deemed his elbow on Raul Meireles worthy of a second yellow card.
Portugal looked to make the most of their numerical advantage almost instantaneously, but Meireles could only flash his effort from a tight angle wide of the far post before being substituted.
The visitors continued to press the hosts and took the initiative in the 63rd minute as Alves headed a Moutinho corner past Agayev at the near post.
Portugal pushed for a second and were rewarded with 11 minutes remaining when Fabio Coentrao went forward and expertly picked out Almeida at the back post to head into an empty net to secure all three points.
The 2-0 win for the visitors moves them to within one point of Group F pacesetters Russia, albeit having played two games more, and all but ends Azerbaijan’s hopes of qualifying for Brazil 2014.
Current Standings – FIFA WC 2014 Qualification UEFA Group F