Real Madrid scored five goals against Legia Warsaw last night and Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t on the scoresheet.
Yes, you read that correctly.
The Portuguese superstar turned provider at the Bernabeu, assisting Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata’s goals as Zinedine Zidane’s men cruised to a 5-1 victory.
So there’s little for Los Blancos’ supporters to complain about. Ronaldo was still influential even if he wasn’t among the goalscorers, and Asensio, Morata and Lucas Vazquez proved that they can chip in with goals.
His assists didn’t stop him from growing increasingly frustrated as the match wore on, however. Ronaldo expects greatness in everything he does, and so when one of his attempted crosses failed to reach its intended target, the 31-year-old naturally reacted.
Ronaldo fell as he crossed the ball, coming to a halt at the assistant referee’s legs. Angry at the outcome of his delivery, he throws his arm into the air before giving the official a tap on the back of the leg.
It was pretty bizarre to say the least. Check out the video below.
Madrid were 3-1 up at half-time thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Asensio, which sandwiched Tomasz Jodlowiec’s own goal. Lucas and Morata added a fourth and a fifth in the second half having both come off the bench.
Victory leaves Zidane’s team second in Group F as they attempt to become the first team in history to retain the Champions League.
Madrid sure look in good form - they haven’t lost a competitive fixture since April - but Zidane knows his team stand little chance of winning the tournament if Ronaldo continues to fire blanks.
Zidane: We expect more from Cristiano
The Frenchman admitted after the win that he “expects more” from Ronaldo, but is pleased that he contributed with a couple of assists.
“Everyone wants Cristiano to score three, four, five goals,” Zidane told reporters, per Goal. “He had many chances tonight, [but] he scored on Saturday and will score next weekend.
“We all expect more from Cristiano and he knows that. We want him to score three or four.
“There was no goal today but he got two assists and I also like that.”
Madrid can improve
The scoreline suggests Madrid were comfortable against Legia but it wasn’t until Asensio’s 37th-minute goal that they could breathe easily. The Polish outfit created two good chances in the early exchanges and reduced the deficit to 2-1 thanks to Miroslav Radovic’s penalty.
So Zidane knows that more work on the training ground is necessary.
“I’m happy with the result, with goals," he added. "It is clear that we can improve.
"Defensively the balance of the team was not perfect sometimes, but our choice was to play offensively. Though we have risked and have given chances to the opposition.
"The important thing is to score and win and that's what we have done."