Apr 23, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Bayern Munich
Benzema (19')
Isco (57')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti lavishes praise on Cristiano Ronaldo

Ancelotti lavishes praise on Ronaldo
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says that Cristiano Ronaldo made "sacrifices" for the team during their win over Bayern Munich.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's contribution during his side's 1-0 win over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Portuguese international has missed the last four games with a hamstring problem, and was forced to track back and defend for spells of the match.

"Ronaldo wasn't in his best shape, but it was important for us that he played. We are happy," Ancelotti told reporters. "Ronaldo sacrificed a lot by playing in a central and defensive position. The whole team has sacrificed a lot."

The former Manchester United star was replaced after 73 minutes by Gareth Bale, who has been suffering with a flu-like illness, but Ancelotti has confirmed that both players will be fully fit for the return leg.

"I had already decided that Ronaldo wouldn't play 90 minutes because he was out for a while," he said. "Bale and Cristiano will both be totally fit for the second leg in Germany."

The two teams will meet in Germany for the second leg on April 29.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg football match Real Madrid CF vs FC Bayern Munchen at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 23, 2014
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