GARETH BALE will miss Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich - in a bid to get him fit to play Barcelona next week.
Real pressed home the numerical advantage as Ronaldo tapped the ball between the legs of Bayern's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the victor on 77 minutes.
Ronaldo hailed the German's efforts in his post-match comments and added: "Neuer was very good, he made some saves". "We probably could have scored one or two more goals, but we're very happy".
Despite scoring 28 goals in 37 outings this season - including 19 in La Liga - Ronaldo has been scrutinised by different pundits this season for a perceived lack of form and commitment.
"It made life hard when we went behind, but we still have a chance". The return game is on Tuesday. You never know in football.
Zidane could have a headache ahead of the second leg with Bayern after Isco staked his claim, with Lucas Vasquez also able to play in Bale's position.
"It could have finished much higher, but we believe we can still do it".
Bayern had won their last 16 home Champions League games, a run stretching all the way back to Madrid's 4-0 victory on their last visit in the 2014 UCL semifinal second leg.
On Wednesday, April, 12, Real Madrid played Bayern Munich as visitors.
The Frenchman said: "Winning here isn't easy".
It had been a frustrating first half for the Portugal forward and his team-mates, Bayern controlling possession and ceding few opportunities for Madrid to attack. It wasn't a penalty but that happens and it could have been 2-0. We showed patience and we showed the willingness to get the right result. "And then playing against 10 it was easier".
Arturo Vidal had sent Bayern into a first-half lead in the first leg of their quarter-final, but Ronaldo's brace in the second period ensured that Los Blancos would take an advantage into next week's return fixture.