Cristiano Ronaldo breaks La Liga goalscoring record

Sport360 staff 10/04/2016
Six seasons of the best: Ronaldo just can't stop scoring in La Liga.

The 31-year-old’s goal in the 4-0 rout over Eibar earned him the prestigious goalscoring accolade.

Ronaldo now has 255 goals in 232 La Liga matches for Los Blancos – and is the club’s record goalscorer in all competitions.

The Portuguese star only failed to hit the coveted 30-goal mark in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009-10, although he still managed 26 strikes in 29 appearances.

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UCL: Madrid in trouble as Wolfsburg take two-goal lead

Andy West 7/04/2016
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Celebrations: Joshua Guilavogui and Luiz Gustavo.

Real Madrid’s troubled season took another sharp turn for the worse as Wolfsburg celebrated a famous victory with a 2-0 first leg triumph to put one foot in the semi-final.

After winning at Barcelona on Saturday, hopes were high that Zinedine Zidane’s men would finally find some consistency as they travelled to the mid-table German side.

But the exact opposite happened, with Madrid at times looking ragged and completely losing the plot during a 10-minute period in the opening period which yielded both Wolfsburg goals as Ricardo Rodriguez netted a penalty and Maximilian Arnold stroked home.

Perhaps even more worryingly, there was no sign of a second-half comeback as Madrid played more with hope than expectation, and they now face a massive task to keep a clean sheet and score at least twice at home next Tuesday.

Their first half collapse was even more shocking because they had started well, with Cristiano Ronaldo having a goal disallowed for offside in the first minute as Los Blancos took early control.

The first sign of Wolfsburg’s attacking potential came after 11 minutes when Julian Draxler crossed for Bruno Henrique, who sent his free header too close to Keylor Navas.

The visitors continued to look dangerous going forward and nearly scored when Casemiro released Karim Benzema but the striker saw his shot blocked by Diego Benaglio’s boot, before Gareth Bale blasted the rebound wide.

But by now, Wolfsburg were well into the game and their opener soon arrived when Casemiro foolishly fouled Andre Schurrle for a clear penalty, which Rodriguez confidently dispatched for the first Champions League goal conceded by Navas.

Madrid proceeded to fall apart, and Wolfsburg took full advantage to double their lead with an easily constructed goal as Draxler found Henrique and his low cross was slotted home by the unmarked Arnold.

More goals looked likely, with the hosts nearly grabbing a third as the struggling Casemiro was robbed and Schurrle advanced to demand a low save from Navas.

At the other end, Benzema missed a sitter by heading wide from Bale’s cross, before having to depart with a knee injury sustained in an earlier rough challenge from home defender Naldo.

Madrid continued to create chances, with Toni Kroos having a low effort saved and Bale skying a free-kick well over the bar.

The second half was more disjointed with both defences more comfortable, as Wolfsburg showed less attacking intent and Madrid struggled to find rhythm.

Bale, performing down the left following Benzema’s withdrawal, was easily Madrid’s most dangerous player and he created two opportunities for Ronaldo, who dragged the first wide and then headed too high as the hour mark approached.

The visitors were always defensively vulnerable, and Wolfsburg’s pace on the break nearly gained another reward when Henrique released Schurrle and the former Chelsea forward’s rising drive fizzed just over the top.

Madrid’s threat was growing sporadic but Ronaldo’s poor night continued as he ran onto a ball from substitute Isco to shoot, only for Benaglio to make another save.

The expected late onslaught from Madrid didn’t materialise, with Wolfsburg creating the final opportunity as substitute Max Kruse forced Navas into a flying save with an angled drive.

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Sergio Ramos insists title race not over after Clasico win

Andy West 4/04/2016
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Hopeful: Sergio Ramos.

Sergio Ramos insists Real Madrid can still mount an unlikely title charge following Saturday’s morale-boosting Clasico victory at the Nou Camp.

Despite being sent off for the 20th time in his Real Madrid career, club captain Sergio Ramos exuded the new-found confidence around the camp as he reflected on the 2-1 win.

Madrid are still seven points behind Barca with just seven games remaining – and the gap is effectively eight points with the Catalans also holding the head to head advantage between the teams. But Ramos believes an unlikely league title is still possible.

He said: “Now we’re seven points behind, there will be people who consider La Liga closer and a possibility. As long as there is a chance, and as long as there are points available, Real Madrid must fight. They are three important points gained on Barcelona, our strongest rival, and it’s great for us mentally going into the final stage of the season.”

Ramos was dismissed on 83 minutes, earning a yellow card for a rough challenge on Luis Suarez after already being booked for dissent. But that did nothing to alter his team’s late dominance and, with Casemiro filling in at centre back, they proceeded to score a late winner through Cristiano Ronaldo in a rousing finale.

And Ramos joked that his teammates looked better off without him, smiling: “When you get sent off with not long left, you are nervous. But If I’d known how well we would play with 10 men, I would have got myself sent off after five minutes!

“The pride and commitment the boys showed when they went a man down fills you with satisfaction. This victory tastes glorious.”

More realistic than a league title, however, are Madrid’s ambitions to be crowned European champions for the 11th time.

Los Blancos have been handed a kind draw against mid-table Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg, with the first leg in Germany on Wednesday. And although most members of the Bernabeu dressing room are attempting to strike a balance between optimism and realism, one player has broken ranks by claiming his team are on track to win the tournament.

Striker Jese Rodriguez, who delivered a strong performance from the bench as a replacement for Karim Benzema at the Nou Camp, struck a highly positive note as he argued: “This victory gives us confidence going into Wednesday’s game.

“Together we can beat anyone and win any trophy. If we keep going like this, we will win the Champions League.”

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