UCL: Zidane Hails Decisive Ronaldo, Wolfsburg Edge Gent

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised Cristiano Ronaldo after his wonder goal set up the team for a 2-0 win over Roma in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League clash in Rome.

The Portuguese forward scored his 89th Champions League goal after a wonderful individual run ended with a deflected shot that hit the back of the net.

The goal came at the back of a controversial moment on Tuesday when Ronaldo walked out of a press conference after being questioned about his record in away matches this season.

Prior to the goal, the Portuguese captain had not scored away from the Bernabeu since 29 November. Jesse wrapped up the points with a low drive four minutes to the final whistle.

Zidane plaudits

Madrid boss, Zidane, praised the entire team for their effort but singled out Ronaldo’s deciveness as a key moment in the game.

“For me, the most important thing is the group. There’ll always be one man who makes the difference, and today that was Cristiano Ronaldo,” the Frenchman said.

“But when I see the players who didn’t play really urging the team on from the dugout, for me that’s vital.”

Roma created chances in the entire game, substitute Edin Dzeko coming close with an effort that hit the side netting.

In another match on the night, Julian Draxler scored twice as German side Wolfsburg claimed a narrow 3-2 win at Belgian champions KAA Gent. He broke the deadlock at the stroke of half time after a hitting the hosts on the break and netted his second ten minutes after the interval.

Max Kruse guided home the third from Christian Trasch’s cross at the hour mark but Sven Kums and Kalifa Coulibaly netted late on to give the underdogs hope of progressing.

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