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Despite goals and win, Ronaldo still wanted more

Despite goals and win, Ronaldo still wanted more

Vidal then missed a penalty kick late in the first half.

Isco inspired a vital 3-2 win for Los Blancos at Sporting Gijon on Saturday, as Zinedine Zidane's second string twice came from behind to seal a victory that moves them a step closer to winning La Liga for the first time since 2011-12.

Sandwiched between both legs of the Champions League quarterfinals versus Bayern Munich, and one week before the upcoming Clasico against Barcelona, Real Madrid's visit to Sporting Gijon perfectly fits the profile of a trap match. I'm very happy. I want to thank Real Madrid for the opportunity to make a brilliant career at this club and my teammates as well.

Bayern should have doubled the lead before the break but Arturo Vidal was unable to convert a handball penalty in the dying minutes of the first half.

Bayern had to play the final 30 minutes a man down after Javi Martinez picked up two quick cautions.

The big German, though, will not want to see a replay of Ronaldo's victor, when he toe-poked the ball in from six yards, which squirmed through Neuer's legs. "In the return leg we will have to dig and we know that".

Real still have to fend off a likely Bayern fightback on Tuesday, but they remain on course to become the first team to retain the Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski missed out with a shoulder injury, per the Independent, leaving Thomas Muller to deputise in an attacking role.

"Gareth is not going to be with us against Sporting, that is clear", Zidane said at his pre-match media conference. Sometimes we score, other times we don't.

Ancelotti tried to ease the team's worries by saying, "we still have some days to get the missing players ready". Mbappe netted inside 20 minutes before an own goal by Sven Bender made it 2-0 at half time.

Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund in the 57th minute but another defensive mistake allowed Mbappe to break away and grab a third goal for the Ligue 1 side.

Bale had to be replaced for the final half hour of Madrid's 2-1 win in Munich on Wednesday after aggravating an ankle injury that saw him miss almost three months earlier this season. The Italian legendary coach, who in 2014 coached Real to the Champions League win, said his side is still alive. Real made a poor start, rarely threatening Germany's goalkeeper Neuer, back after minor foot surgery a fortnight ago.

"We played 11 against 10 for the last 30 minutes and had a lot of possession which changed the match and the result".

Despite all of the players rested, Madrid's side still featured an embarrassment of riches - with Isco, James Rodriguez, Morata, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez forming a formidable front five.

- Only Juventus (22) have received more red cards in Champions League history than Bayern (18, level with Arsenal).