Ronaldo equals Messi record as Real beat Dortmund, Chelsea lose to PSG

2014-04-02 22:49

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Real Madrid planted one foot firmly in the Champions League semifinals with an emphatic 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund as Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for most goals in the tournament in one season.

Gareth Bale poked the ball into the net in the third minute of the quarterfinal first leg at the Bernabeu tonight to put a dominant Real ahead and Isco curled in a second in the 27th.

Ronaldo notched his 14th goal in eight games this season 12 minutes after halftime, matching a Champions League record set by Barcelona's Lionel Messi in 2011-12, as the nine-times winners opened a big lead going into the second leg on Tuesday.

It was the Portugal forward's 100th Champions League appearance and the goal, when he picked up a Luka Modric pass and clipped the ball into the net from close range, took his overall tally to 64.

Dortmund, who knocked Real out in the semi-finals last season, immediately went on the attack but were rocked back when Dani Carvajal found space in the area and slipped a pass to Bale.

The Wales winger took one touch and then did well to stretch out a leg and poke the ball past onrushing Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller into an empty net.

Buoyed by the goal, the home side started to dominate and Weidenfeller pulled off an acrobatic save to keep out a Ronaldo free kick in the 12th minute before Isco struck.

Xabi Alonso intercepted the ball near the Dortmund penalty area and when it fell to Isco he sent a low curling effort just inside the post.

Weidenfeller was tested again when Bale arrowed a free kick towards the top corner and Dortmund's woes mounted when captain Sebastian Kehl picked up a yellow card and a suspension for the return leg.

The rain began pouring down at halftime and Dortmund started the second half brightly, almost scoring after a swift break in the 55th.

However, another sloppy pass out of defence led to Real's third and when Modric fed Ronaldo and he showed fancy footwork before beating a stranded Weidenfeller.

Ronaldo has not always received unconditional adoration from the Real faithful since joining in 2009 but he was given a rousing ovation when he apparently picked up an injury and was substituted 10 minutes from time.

Chasing a record-extending 10th continental crown, Real are through to the Champions League last eight for a fourth consecutive season and have reached the semifinals in the last three seasons.

Meanwhile, Javier Pastore's brilliant individual goal in stoppage time put the gloss on Paris St Germain's 3-1 Champions League quarterfinal first leg win over Chelsea tonight to leave the French side favourites to reach the last four.

The Argentine cut in from the byline, evading a number of Chelsea defenders before beating keeper Petr Cech at his near post.

PSG could be without talismanic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for next week's return at Stamford Bridge after the Swede trudged off clutching his right thigh 20 minutes from time.

Ibrahimovic was substituted minutes after David Luiz had turned into his own net from a freekick to put PSG 2-1 up.

PSG went ahead in the fourth minute when Ezequiel Lavezzi shot high into the roof off the net after controlling a weak John Terry clearance.

Eden Hazard equalised in the 27th from the penalty spot and the Belgian also struck the post in the first half.

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