Ronaldo and Morata save Madrid in Champions League opener

Sep 15, 2016, 07:14
Ronaldo and Morata save Madrid in Champions League opener

The opening goal appeared to shock Real Madrid into life, but Sporting were still carrying a threat and Casilla had to get down to keep out another Cesar strike in the 53rd minute as the enthralling game continued to entertain.

Who: Real Madrid vs.

A minute from time, the three-time world footballer of the year - who had previously looked off the pace - drew the eleven-time European champions level with a brilliant free-kick into the top corner.

On the other hand, Sporting also had an easy outing in the weekend, as goals from Gelson Martins, and new signings Joel Campbell, and Bas Dost fired the club to a 3-0 victory over Moreirense.

Fourteen years after scoring on his Sporting debut, Ronaldo bagged his 550th goal against his former charges. Ronaldo of course learned his professional trade with Sporting Lisbon before later moving to English side Manchester United.

Ronaldo denied his Portuguese boyhood club, and chose not to wildly celebrate his free-kick.

And Alvaro Morata - back at Real after two years with Juventus - won it with a stoppage-time header.

This year, for the first time, Zidane has the chance to take Real Madrid all the way from the group stage opener to glory.

"They took it to us, especially in the first period".

After an wonderful start by European giants Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the opening day of the Champions League, Real Madrid will hope to dance their way to victory on Wednesday.

Legia, meanwhile, can expect to hear from UEFA after crowd trouble involving the home fans marred the match. Furthermore, the now Jorje Jesus-managed team produced a credible W2-D1-L3 record on the occasion of their last Champions League group stage appearance two seasons ago and they have retained key, Euro 2016-winning players such as William Carvalho and Adrien Silva despite interest from across Europe.

Jordan Ferri, who honed his skills at Lyon's renowned academy with Tolisso, made it 2-0 four minutes into the second half from Cornet's assist.

Despite suffering defeat, the coach does not envisage anyone pushing the Champions League holders as hard as his side did.

"We started the game a little passively", Ronaldo told BeIN Sports after netting against the side where he started his career.

Lyon eased the pressure on coach Bruno Genesio with a comfortable 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb to open their Champions League campaign.

Leicester won in Belgium from Mark Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez' double; and Pep Guardiola's Manchester City trounced Borussia Moenchengladbach 4-0 with the help of a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero.

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