Soccer: Cristiano Ronaldo stuck on 98 goals
Cristiano Ronaldo was kept waiting for his 100th career goal in European club competitions as Real Madrid swept to a 5-1 victory over Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Tuesday in Madrid.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring with his first goal in the Champions League since December 2014. An own goal by Tomasz Jodlowiec, followed by goals by Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Alvaro Morata, sealed an emphatic victory.
The win at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium allowed Madrid to keep pace in Group F with Borussia Dortmund, which held on for a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon. Madrid and Dortmund have seven points each after three matches, with Sporting staying on three points and Legia with zero.
Ronaldo remains two short of 100 career goals in Europe. He had scored six goals in his previous three matches.
SEVILLA 1, DINAMO ZAGREB 0 (at Zagreb, Croatia) — Sevilla was rewarded for its attacking style and kept up its momentum in the Champions League.
After winning three consecutive Europa League trophies, Sevilla continued to make its presence felt in Europe’s top competition — courtesy of a first-half strike from Samir Nasri on a rainy night at Zagreb’s Maksimir Stadium.
CSKA NOSCOW 1, MONACO 1 (at Moscow) — With his CSKA Moscow team held to a late draw, Igor Akinfeev may just have been the unluckiest man in the league.
The CSKA goalkeeper was trying to rid himself of an unwanted record — now standing at 10 years and 40 games without a Champions League shutout — and produced some spectacular saves against Monaco. But Akinfeev was left enraged as defensive errors helped Monaco salvage a draw.
TOTTENHAM 0, BAYER LEVERKUSEN 0 (at Leverkusen, Germany) — Tottenham held off Bayer Leverkusen’s constant pressure in the second half.
Vincent Janssen hit the crossbar for Tottenham in the first half and Dele Alli had the follow-up tipped over, but Leverkusen had the better chances after halftime.
LEICESTER 1, FC COPENHAGEN 0 (at Leicester, England) — Leicester’s decision to prioritize the Champions League over the Premier League is being vindicated.
Riyad Mahrez’s goal made it three wins out of three for Leicester in Group G.
JUVENTUS 1, LYON 0 (at Lyon, France) — Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon shrugged off recent uncharacteristic errors with an outstanding performance.
Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado scored the winner in the 76th minute.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 2, SPORTING LISBON 1 (at Lisbon, Portugal) — Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Julian Weigl scored in the first half.
Aubameyang scored his ninth goal in 11 matches.
FC PORTO 2, CLUB BRUGGE (at Bruges, Belgium) — FC Porto came from behind to become a challenger in Group G.
Brugge, hit with a slew of injuries, got its first goal in the Champions League this year in the 12th minute, when forward Jelle Vossen latched on to a rebound, kept a cool head in a goal-mouth scramble, and sent it home with a curling shot.