Zinedine Zidane said Cristiano Ronaldo was happy to claim his 100th European goal in Real Madrid's 2-1 win at 10-man Bayern Munich, but insisted the quarter-final is far from decided.
His absence proved to be crucial as Real Madrid came from behind to secure a 2-1 advantage ahead of the second leg thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half.
"I think we contained Cristiano well until Javi Martínez's red card", said Bayern coach and Ronaldo's former boss Carlo Ancelotti.
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.More news: Oil prices rebound after Kuwait supports oil deal extension
"We did well to earn the comeback", Ronaldo said. You'd have to tell me who kept doubting as it never reached me. "To be able to reach this mark is an honor and against a team like Bayern it is better still", Ronaldo, who scored both goals, told BeIN Sport Spain.
Arturo Vidal's thumping header steered manager Carlo Ancelotti's side into the lead before Ronaldo equalised early in the second half and added a late victor after Javi Martinez's 60th-minute sending off.
Ronaldo reached his milestone by slotting home the victor 13 minutes from time.
Zidane warns the slender lead may not be enough in Madrid in the Spaniards' bid to become the first club to defend the Champions League title.More news: Caps win tight series over Leafs to set up rematch with Pens
"We suffered here but all-in-all it's not easy to play here". However, we're happy with our performance.
Bale is the one they are looking to ensure has the best possible chance of regaining fitness in time to face Barca - in the knowledge a win would see them move six points clear at the top of the table, and still with a game in hand. Going a man down didn't make it easier to say the least, but we still did quite a good job.
Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball.
What made the victory all the more impressive was the fact that Bayern took the lead in the 25th minute through Arturo Vidal and could have extended that lead on the stroke of half-time had the same player not missed a penalty.More news: Entire US Senate to go to White House for North Korea briefing
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.