Sunday 20 August 2017

Ronaldo and Navas close in on Euro records

Cristiano Ronaldo is only four goals short of matching his own single-season record of 17 in the Champions League. Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea
Cristiano Ronaldo is only four goals short of matching his own single-season record of 17 in the Champions League. Photo: Reuters / Albert Gea

Jamie Holland

Real Madrid will go into the first leg of their quarter-final against Wolfsburg tonight brimming with confidence.

The ten-time winners are on a six-game winning run, the latest a morale-boosting come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Barcelona in last Saturday's 'Clasico' while reduced to 10 men that ended their fierce rivals' unbeaten streak at 39 games across all competitions.

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen last Friday - their third Bundesliga game without a win, which left them seven points off Germany's last Champions League qualification place after a lacklustre domestic season.

Few players rise to the occasion like Cristiano Ronaldo, who stole the show in the 'Clasico' by scoring the winning goal with five minutes remaining.

Now, he is primed to add to his Champions League record tally of 91 goals against Wolfsburg.

The Portugal forward, leading Europe's top-tier competition with 13 goals already, is four short of matching his own single-season record of 17 in the competition.

He has found the net 14 times against German opponents and is on a scoring streak with eight goals in his last six matches, including two goals against Roma in the round of 16.

While Ronaldo provides a one-of-a-kind threat up front, goalkeeper Keylor Navas can also claim credit for Madrid's success in the competition.

The Costa Rica goalkeeper has kept eight clean sheets in as many appearances in the Champions League and is now second only to Jens Lehmann's record of 853 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal.

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