"The better Cristiano Ronaldo is, the better Real Madrid will be", Vazquez said. Stuani and Juanpe scored for Girona in the second half, but their goals proved to be in vain.
However, the breakthrough didn't take long to come. Minutes later, Ronaldo would show him how it's done, with a glorious first-time finish after a neat short corner move between Marcelo and Toni Kroos, capitalizing on some lackluster marking.
Vazquez had the ball in the net in the 22nd minute after latching on to Kroos' clever reverse pass but he was flagged offside.
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To make matters worse for Los Blancos, they conceded an equaliser six minutes later.
If Madrid had somehow forgotten this fact, Girona's top scorer Cristian Stuani gave them a timely reminder, as he crashed home Granell's pacey cross-after evading Carvajal-to snatch the equalizer that their bravery and conviction going forward deserved.
Real has been better of late, having won eight of its last nine matches including two wins over PSG in the Champions League, a 5-2 aggregate victory that saw the two-time defending champions advance to the quarterfinal.
2-1, Ronaldo (48 mins): Karim Benzema played a through ball to Ronaldo, who ran on to it and smashed a first-time shot, which went in off the underside of the crossbar.
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Girona were fortunate not to fall two behind midway through the half as Vazquez's finish from Kroos' delightfully disguised ball was incorrectly disallowed. Girona were hanging on by a thread.
Bale put the contest beyond doubt in the 86th minute, slotting home off Bounou after being played through by Luka Modric.
Ultimately, though, it was Ronaldo who had the last laugh.
And Ronaldo rounded off a memorable afternoon with a header in stoppage time to complete the scoring.
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