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Ronaldo hat-trick sends Real Madrid into semi-finals after thriller

The holders needed extra time to get past Bayern.

FOOTBALL 19/04/17 17:01
Ronaldo hat-trick sends Real Madrid into semi-finals after thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo plundered a hat-trick as Real Madrid saw off 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra-time at the Bernabeu to secure the holders’ place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg with a shoulder problem, put Bayern ahead on the night from the penalty spot to level the tie on aggregate following Real’s 2-1 win in Munich, where Ronaldo had scored twice.

Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski scores his side's first goal (Mike Egerton/Empics)
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scores his side’s first goal (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Ronaldo’s bullet diving header in the 76th minute then looked to have sent Real through, but a bizarre own goal from captain Sergio Ramos moments later levelled things up at 3-3 overall.

The Germans had to head into extra-time with only 10 men following a second caution for midfielder Arturo Vidal, which looked harsh on the Chile international.

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben complains as referee Viktor Kassai, sends off Arturo Vidal (Mike Egerton/Empics)
Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben complains as referee Viktor Kassai sends off Arturo Vidal (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Real made their numerical advantage count as Ronaldo grabbed his second of the match in the 105th minute – taking him to 100 Champions League goals in the process – although he looked to have been offside.

There was also some debate about Ronaldo’s hat-trick goal four minutes later, with the Portugal forward possibly offside again when he knocked the ball in following a fine run from Marcelo.

Asensio Marco scores his side's fourth (Mike Egerton/Empics)
Asensio Marco scores his side’s fourth (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Substitute Marco Asensio added a fourth on the break in the 112th minute to complete a 6-3 aggregate win for the Spanish league leaders as former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti endured a miserable return to the Bernabeu.

Real, who host title rivals Barcelona in El Clasico on Sunday, were without injured Wales forward Gareth Bale.

The German champions, meanwhile, were missing suspended defender Javi Martinez after his red card in Munich.

Needing to score at least twice to avoid exiting the competition, Bayern produced a strong start as former Real winger Arjen Robben fired into the side netting.

Real, seeking to make it a record seventh straight Champions League semi-final appearance, finally came alive as the half-hour mark approached when Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer pushed behind a low drive from defender Dani Carvajal.

“We are just winners,” Ronaldo said, quoted on the Real Madrid website. “Making six goals against a team like Bayern is not easy and we deserve to move through to the semi-finals. We knew we had to play very well because Bayern can score goals from anywhere on the pitch and proved to be an excellent team, but Real Madrid is Real Madrid.”

Ancelotti, who left Real after two seasons in 2015 having won the Champions League in the previous campaign, felt the Germans had done themselves proud despite the final result: “Neuer and the whole team played well, we deserved to come away with more tonight. It is hard to come to Madrid and win over 90 minutes and moreover with 10 men. Now, Madrid continue and I wish Zizou and his side all the best.”

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