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Real Madrid stuns Bayern to take lead in CL tie

MUNICH — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday, ending the German side’s tournament record of 16 straight wins at home.

Ronaldo’s second-half goals meant he became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind — after Arturo Vidal’s 25th-minute header for Bayern — to put the defending champions on course to reach the semifinals for a seventh successive year. The second leg takes place in Madrid on Tuesday.

“It was a bit unlucky. We were the better team in the first half. We believe we can still do it,” Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said.

Bayern was without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But it had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when it lost 4-0 to Madrid in the semifinals. Madrid went on to win the title with Carlo Ancelotti, the current Bayern coach, in charge at the time.

Ancelotti’s successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.

Bayern forced several corners early on and the sixth finally paid off when Vidal headed home through Keylor Navas’ fingers.

Ronaldo scored two minutes after the interval with one touch to Carvajal’s cross. Bayern was dealt a blow with a half-hour to play when Javi Martínez was sent off with two yellow cards within three minutes for fouls on Ronaldo.

In the other games, Borussia Dortmund lost its rescheduled Champions League quarterfinal with Monaco 3-2 on Wednesday after tributes were paid to the player injured when three explosions targeted the German team’s bus and Antoine Griezmann converted a first-half penalty kick to give Atlético Madrid a 1-0 win over Leicester in their first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals on Wednesday, keeping the Spanish club on track to make it to the final for a second straight season.

AP

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