Cristiano Ronaldo Pulls Real Madrid Back From the Brink

Cristiano-Ronaldo

MADRID —

The huge success kept alive its opportunities turning around what’s been, by its standards, a lackluster season across all contests and set Madrid into the Champions League semifinals for the sixth straight year.

Ronaldo’s second goal arrived just as devotees had ceased chanting his name in celebration of his first.

Soon later, Wolfsburg endured what looked like another crushing strike as its most versatile player, the 22-year old Julian Draxler, hobbled off with an injury.

Oddly Draxler’s leave was followed by Wolfsburg with its greatest bout of the match. A strong long range was tipped by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. A couple of minutes afterwards, Bruno Henrique received the ball in front of the goal, Wolfsburg’s greatest chance. He hesitated before shooting, giving plenty of time to regroup and block his attempt to Madrid’s defensemen.

It required a set piece and another goal from Ronaldo, in the 77th minute, to eventually swing the matchup in Madrid’s favor while Madrid began the second half on the strike. The shot wasn’t one of Ronaldo’s classic free kicks, but it split open Wolfsburg’s rebound past the outstretched Diego Benaglio and badly placed defensive wall.

Benaglio made two excellent saves to keep palming away curling shots from Karim Benzema Wolfsburg in the matchup and Rodríguez. Finally, however, Wolfsburg lacked firepower and the originality up front to strike through a Madrid defense that revealed much more discipline than it’d last week.
In January, Madrid gambled on making an iconic former player however an untested trainer, Zinedine Zidane and ousting the seasoned trainer Rafael Benítez. And Madrid is third in 1 behind Atlético Madrid, 4 points behind Barcelona and the Spanish league.

However, Zidane has passed two of the very serious evaluations for any Real Madrid coach, winning a Clásico the team’s archrival, at Barcelona, and managing Tuesday’s Champions League recovery. Madrid had overturned a 2-0 deficit in a European tie 31 years past, against Inter Milan.

Zidane described the match as trainer.” as “my greatest nighttime after Madrid had ousted Wolfsburg

“Cristiano is revealing what he’s, the best player on earth,” Zidane said.

Told reporters, “ that is what occurred, and I said it’d be a magic night.”

Wolfsburg sold the rights to Manchester City, to its star player, Kevin De Bruyne, and in the Bundesliga, the team has struggled this season without him. After its shocking first-leg win over Madrid, Wolfsburg managed just a draw against Mainz at home leaving the team in improbable and eighth be eligible for any European competition next season.

All of Madrid’s edges — in its finances and in its ability — didn’t temper the happiness around its filled Santiago Bernabéu stadium in the conclusion of Tuesday’s match.

Fifteen minutes after, Sergio Ramos, Madrid’s captain, directed a couple of players back on the field to observe with the remaining devotees. Outside the gates, other enthusiasts welcomed what they believed was a coming of age for their appointed trainer, as they chanted, using Zidane’s nickname, “Zizou trainer!”