Source: Agencies | 2013-2-15 | NEWSPAPER EDITION
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (right) attempts a cross as Manchester United's Rafael defends during a Champions League match on Wednesday in Madrid, Spain. Ronaldo scored the equalizer in the 30th minute as the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.
CRISTIANO Ronaldo scored with a spectacular header on Wednesday as Real Madrid was held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League due to a dominant performance by goalkeeper David de Gea.
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 16 of the Champions League following Mats Hummels' late equalizer.
In Madrid, Danny Welbeck gave United the lead against the run of play with a header from a 20th-minute corner, but Ronaldo rose high to meet Angel di Maria's swinging cross 10 minutes later for his 183rd goal for Madrid - and first against his former club.
Ronaldo's goal in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu stadium allowed him to eclipse Francisco "Paco" Gento to become Madrid's sixth most prolific scorer.
As for the return match at Old Trafford, Real manager Jose Mourinho said he expects a different game.
"Because of the English culture you can't play with defenders in your own box at home. United can't play like they did here," he said.
"We had chances to score more, but we were playing against a side defending very deep. It's not a criticism. They can play how they like," he added.
De Gea made several impressive saves, including a fingertip effort onto the post to deny Fabio Coentrao in the first half as well as holding a firmly struck bouncing shot from Sami Khedira after the break.
"Fortunately, David De Gea made some very good saves. He's been improving all season and he made an absolutely superb save there," United manager Alex Ferguson said of his oft-maligned goalkeeper's stop on Coentrao's attempt.
The match had been built up as Mourinho against Ferguson and Ronaldo versus Robin van Persie, but the United striker failed to take advantage of several good opportunities. He struck the crossbar with a fierce right-footed strike and forced a save with a low drive late on, however a mishit volley that was cut out by Xabi Alonso as it neared the goal line proved to be his most glaring miss.
By contrast, Ronaldo was a constant menace without ever really threatening to cut loose. He sent several shots passed De Gea's posts and even landed a 35-meter free kick on the top of the goalkeeper's net.
"Manchester is a very strong team defensively and they created a few problems for us," Ronaldo said. "But we really needed to have scored one or two more goals."
The last time these two teams met at the Bernabeu was in 2003 when Madrid emerged 3-1 winners. But it has been 11 years since Madrid played a knockout Champions League match without goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who was out with a broken hand and replaced by Diego Lopez.
In Donetsk, Ukraine, Hummels' powerful header from Marcel Schmelzer's corner in the 87th minute ensured the defending Bundesliga champions will have the advantage of two away goals in the second leg.