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Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Abril, 2017, 08:59

Zinedine Zidane's side are three points clear of champions Barcelona with one game in hand and their 2-1 win in Munich on Wednesday, which leaves them ideally placed to reach the semi-finals, contrasts with the Catalans' haggard state.

Carlo Ancelotti insists Bayern Munich can still turn around their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu despite their 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real Madrid.

"I made radical changes to my training to get to this stage of the season in the best state possible", Ronaldo told reporters after becoming the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA competitions.

Bayern should have doubled the lead before the break but Arturo Vidal was unable to convert a handball penalty in the dying minutes of the first half.

Ronaldo was then the key figure as Martinez picked up two bookings in three minutes, both for needless fouls around the halfway line on the Real number seven.

The four-time world player of the year then slotted in the victor between goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's legs 13 minutes from time. Despite going behind in the first half we came back in the second half.

The Portugal captain felt that miss proved to be something of a catalyst for Madrid's comeback, which was aided by Javi Martinez's second-half dismissal. "We'll have to see what his injury is", Zidane said. "The red card was the neckbreaker".

There was a large police presence and inside the stadium there was polite applause when the announcer made reference to Dortmund's ordeal in the preceding 24 hours.

Bayern were also missing injured Germany defender Mats Hummels against Real's formidable BBC attack -Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.

The Chilean powered in a header to open the scoring and was on the end of Arjen Robben's clever cross to head their next best chance over the top.

"It's important to finish the game with 11 men", said Neuer, on his first game back after foot surgery. But Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball.

Nearly immediately after the restart, Ronaldo volleyed home Daniel Carvajal's cross on 47 minutes to level the score on the night and bring his tally up to 99.

Bale, who has laboured with an ankle injury recently, came off on 58 minutes and Madrid raised the tempo soon after.

Cristiano Ronaldo has not quite been his usual ridiculous goalscoring self this season, with questions, slowly but surely, being asked over the Real Madrid superstar's powers waning as age finally catches up.

Leicester will welcome Atletico Madrid to the King Power in the second leg knowing an improved performance is needed to keep their Champions League hopes alive.