Ronaldo who recently came back from injury endured a frustrating evening as he failed to score and was shocked to be taken off in the 72nd minute of the La Liga clash - a decision that backfired after Sergio Araujo scored a late equaliser to force a 2-2 draw.
Real Madrid coach Zidane meanwhile has denied he took off Ronaldo because he was playing badly, saying he took him of bcause he needed him to rest ahead of Tuesday's champions league encounter.
'I did not take Cristiano off because he was playing badly, but because we play another game on Tuesday and he has to rest.'Zidane said.
He was playing well, like the others, but I had to think about Tuesday.We have a game on Tuesday and I thought it was the time to take him off, 20 minutes from the end, thinking about Tuesday,' added Zidane.
I know he always wants to play and always wants to stay on the field, but I also have to think about the players and for me it was best to rest and think about Tuesday,'