Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Ronaldo Scores Hatrick As Madrid Thrash Bayern

Real Madrid have booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League after recording a 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Ten-man Bayern led 2-1 after 90 minutes to force extra-time after Real Madrid's success by the same scoreline at the Allianz Arena last week, but Cristiano Ronaldo's second of the night in the 105th minute effectively decided the tie. Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick in the second period of extra-time as the Portugal international registered his 100th goal in the Champions League, before substitute Marco Asensio made it 4-2 on the night late on.

It was the visitors that had the first serious chance of the match in the ninth minute, but Arjen Robben, after being given the freedom of the Real Madrid penalty box, could only bounce his effort over the crossbar from close range in an early warning for Zinedine Zidane's side. Bayern continued to dominate as the first period gathered pace, and Arturo Vidal sent a long-range effort over the Real Madrid crossbar in the 13th minute as the home side struggled for possession of the ball against the German champions.
A wonderful defensive clearance from Marcelo prevented Robben from sending Bayern ahead early in the second period, but the German champions were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute when Robben went down in the box under a clumsy challenge from Casemiro. Lewandowski made no mistake at the Bernabeu as the returning striker sent the ball past Keylor Navas to send Bayern into a 1-0 lead on the night.
It was an end-to-end game in the 75th minute as both teams committed players in the final third of the field, and Thomas Muller was next off the Bayern bench as the Germans desperately looked for a second goal. When Ronaldo headed a Casemiro pass into the Bayern net in the 76th minute, Real Madrid had some insurance in the tie, but Bayern incredibly took a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later when Ramos bizarrely turned into his own net after a mix-up in the home side's defence.
The tie then turned in Real Madrid's favour in the 84th minute when Vidal picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Asensio, leaving Bayern with 10 men against Los Blancos for the second successive match.
Real Madrid scored their second of the night in the 105th minute when Ronaldo collected a sweeping pass from Ramos before firing into the bottom corner. Replays though showed that the Portuguese was in an offside position in what was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow.
Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick in the 110th minute after tapping a Marcelo cross into the back of the net, before a brilliant individual goal from Asensio two minutes later made it 4-2 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate as Real Madrid joined their rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the competition

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