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Published: 08:28 | 18/2/16

Advantage Real and Wolfsburg


Cristiano Ronaldo netted his 89th Champions League goal as Real Madrid defeated Roma in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.

Real enjoyed the majority of the chances in the opening half they were unable to find away through the Roma defence and the match did not come alive until after the interval when Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 57th minute.

Marcelo played his team-mate through and the Portuguese international's shot deflected past Wojciech Szczesny for his first away goal since November 29.

Roma pushed for an equaliser and in doing so left too much space at the back, which Real sought to take advantage of.

After both Ronaldo and James Rodriguez missed the target 22-year-old substitute Jese struck to deny Szczesny after a superb run with just four minutes left on the clock.

"We're happy with the game and the result. We knew it was going to be a tough game but we fought to the end. In the first half they pressured us and that's normal in a difficult Champions League tie," Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane commented.

"Cristiano was great but then again so was everyone. Even those who did not play were important for team morale. I'm happy with Jese's goal - he deserved it for his efforts."

In the night's other game, Gent struck late to give themselves a glimmer of hope heading into their second-leg against Wolfsburg.

The German side looked to be cruising towards a quarter-final berth when they went 3-0 clear through goals from Julian Draxler and Max Kruse.

However, with ten minutes remaining, Sven Kums' netted for the home side before Kalifa Coulibaly grabbed a second to give them some hope heading into the second leg.

Although Gent had several opportunities in the opening exchanges, Wolfsburg looked more like scoring but they had to wait until just before the interval for Draxler to net his first of the evening, finding the bottom corner after a one-two with Vieirinha.

Draxler made it 2-0 just nine minutes into the second half with a superb chip and on the hour-mark Kruse scored from close range to give the Germans a healthy cushion.

They could have added to their lead as the clock ticked on but it was Gent who netted next through Krums before Coulibaly headed in at the near post.

"We played a very good game. The last two goals for Gent weren't so good, but we have all possibilities to go through to the next round," Draxler said.

"I’m always happy when I’m scoring and, of course, the Champions League is something special for me, I like to play in this tournament. Yes, it’s a good result for us and if we play like that in the second leg we will go through."


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