Two late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata canceled out Bruno Cesar’s strike early in the second half to see Real Madrid beat Sporting CP 2 – 1 in the UEFA Champions League game staged at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday 14 September.
Sporting Lisbon walked on to the pitch knowing too well the daunting task ahead of them facing the defending champions who had never lost a game to a visiting Portuguese side and being their first appearance in the tournament’s group stage in two years, they were not given any chance.
The visitors had to dea with a few nervy moments in the opening stages of the game, mostly initiated by Danny Carvajal’s crosses but they managed to settle and matched Real Madrid blow for blow and at the end of the first half managed to keep it all barren.
It was Real Madrid who felt the pressure as the teams walked off for the break with Gareth Bale seemingly injured from an earlier challenge from Sebastian Coates and thought to be going off but he trooped back in the second half.
Two minutes in the second half and the visitors were one up against the defending champions after Bruno Cesar picked a fortuitous pass before wrapping his left foot well around the ball to send it past Kiko Casilla.
Tempers flared thereafter with a few of Sporting players getting booked while the manager Jorge Jesus was sent to the stands after exchanging some bitter words with the assistant referee.
At this point you’d imagine Sporting will sit back and absorb the pressure but no; Gelson Martins was running rings and another of his dangerous forays forward almost yielded a second goal after he swung in a cross for Bas Dost who went for it with a raised leg when a header would have been more effective.
Real went close late on as Ronaldo clipped the post with a shot that bounced gracefully to Alvaro Morata who slotted it in but was disallowed for offside.
But with a minute to full time, Cristiano Ronaldo got the leveler from a frieekick well taken to set the tie all even.
James Rodriguez a second half substitute then swung in a cross aimed at his fellow second half sub, Morata, who connected well with it to slam home a bullet on the 95th minute to win the game for Real.