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Cristiano Ronaldo buried a late free kick against former club Sporting Lisbon to equalize in Real Madrid’s Champions League opener.

By SI Wire
September 14, 2016

Cristiano Ronaldo buried a late free kick against former club Sporting Lisbon to equalize in Real Madrid’s Champions League opener and help the defending champions to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory.

Madrid trailed 1–0 after Bruno César’s 48th minute goal until Ronaldo leveled late with a spectacular curling effort. The strike marks his 94th career Champions League goal, extending his lead as the competition’s all-time leading scorer. Lionel Messi is next with 86 following his hat trick vs. Celtic on Tuesday.

Watch Ronaldo's 89th-minute strike, which he followed with a muted celebration out of respect for his former club, below.

Alvaro Morata went on to score on a header in stoppage time to give Madrid a 2–1 lead and the win.

Real Madrid opened its Champions League campaign with three points, and will next face Borussia Dortmund in a clash of European titans on Sept. 27. 

Real Madrid returns to league play on Sunday at Espanyol.

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