Real Madrid leave it late to avoid a home defeat to Sporting Lisbon by scoring two minutes in the final stages and overturn the game to their favour.
Zidane says Sporting surprise Real
MADRID, SPAIN (SEPTEMBER 14, 2016) (AGENCY POOL – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE ON THE DIFFICULTIES FACED BY HIS TEAM, SAYING:
“No, it wasn’t unexpected. I don’t know if it’s fair or not but we believed in ourselves until the end. You have to play until the end of the game, until the last minute. The good thing we have is that we are a very close and focused team and we know that at any moment we can make the difference and that’s what happened tonight. Even knowing that the match wasn’t perfect, but the perfect match doesn’t exist.”
2. WHITE FLASH
3. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REAL MADRID COACH ZINEDINE ZIDANE TALKING ABOUT WHAT PUT HIS TEAM IN TROUBLE, SAYING:
“Our opponents played really well. We are Real Madrid, we know that every match is going to be complicated, every player that comes will always put us in trouble, but at the same time we know that we can make a difference at any moment. We never put our arms down and that’s really important because the effort has been tremendous.”
STORY: Cristiano Ronaldo denied his Portuguese boyhood club a famous win by scoring an equaliser from a free-kick in the 89th minute just when it seemed European champions Madrid could, sensationally, lose their opening game on Wednesday (September 14) in Group F.
Morata then headed home deep in injury time to complete the fightback.
“It has been a really tough match. Sporting played a very good game at the Bernabeu, they played really good when they had the ball and defended very well. Eventually we won and that’s the important and necessary thing,” Morata said at mix zone.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said Sporting Lisbon’s performance put the Blancos in a difficult situation.
“Our opponents played really well. We are Real Madrid, we know that every match is going to be complicated, every player that comes will always put us in trouble but at the same time we know that we can make a difference at any moment. We never put our arms down and that’s really important because the effort has been tremendous,” the Frenchman said at a news conference.
Brazilian Bruno Cesar had earlier given the visitors a surprise yet deserved lead in the 47th minute as he pounced on indecision in the Real back line.
Real took their time to respond to going behind with Ronaldo missing a clear chance to level when he struck the near post from a couple of yards out.
Real had gone into the game on top of La Liga after a convincing 5-2 win over Osasuna but met a well-drilled Sporting side who flooded the midfield with bodies and frequently won possession back, launching quick and dangerous breaks.