Ronaldo leads Real Madrid’s comeback

SOFIA – Cristiano Ronaldo helped Champions League holders Real Madrid survive an early scare in Bulgaria and come away with all three points from a 2-1 win over Ludogorets Razgrad in Sofia yesterday.

Ludogorets, a modest provincial club who have only been in existence for 13 years, stunned the 10-time European champions with a sixth-minute strike and threatened throughout despite Ronaldo taking a hand.

Ludogorets have to play their matches in the capital Sofia as their own stadium holds just 6500.

Portuguese star Ronaldo missed one penalty and had a goal disallowed before scoring from a second spot-kick to spare Real’s blushes — all in the first 25 minutes.

French striker Karim Benzema made sure Real’s reputation remained intact with the winning goal 13 minutes from time.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said: “For us the result is good. We started by trailing 1-0 but then pressured Ludogorets and managed to score for 1-1 and then take the lead.”

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