The first Champions League week of the 2016-17 season came to an end with the most dramatic of finishes at the Santiago Bernabeu; Real Madrid overcame a 1-0 deficit against Sporting Lisbon by scoring two goals in the last five minutes to take home all three points. It was a tense affair for the Madrid fans as they fell behind midway through the second half after Bruno Cesar had given Sporting the lead. Benzema looked unfit, Bale wasn’t having the best of games and Ronaldo looked totally disconnected. But the whole squad came to life after the Portuguese side scored.
The fans were louder than ever. They wanted to see their side win the first match of a competition their team has dominated since its inception. And to top that, they are the defending champions. And Madrid responded like champions do. Here are the five talking points of the match.
BBC IS BACK FOR MADRID
Although not at full strength, Bale, Benzema and Cristiano – the famous BBC trident – started for the first time this season. It wasn’t really the best performance from the members of the Madrid trio, especially Karim Benzema, who was starting his first match of the campaign. Gareth Bale took a knock in the first half and it looked like he never recovered. Ronaldo, on the other hand, looked the liveliest of the three. Both Bale and Benzema were substituted, but Ronaldo was not and it paid off as he scored the equaliser for Madrid.