Record-Ronaldo scored a hattrick as Real Madrid advanced to the Champions League semi-final
Written by Jonas Porsborg. April 18, 2017
The drama expected from the first leg of this quarter-final, should show to be just as highly intense, as Real Madrid hosted Bayern Munich at Santiago Bernabeu. From the start Bayern Munich faced a tough competition, when they had to turn their 1-2 loss into advancement from Real Madrid at home.
The match was from start intense with a high tempo, and with Arturo Vidal making the first tough action, when he earned a yellow card after a hard tackle on Isco.
The attacks waved back and forth, with Thiago Alcantara and Arjen Robben close to get a vital goal for Bayern Munich early in the match. After this Real Madrid laid a high pressure on Bayern, and created lots of chances, with the biggest going to Dani Caravajal and Karim Benzema.
Generally Real Madrid looked most dangerous in the first half, but none of the teams was able to put the ball in the net, as first half ended 0-0.
If the tempo had been intense the first 45 minutes, the next 45 would show an increase in this. After 51 minutes a fantastic playing Arjen Robben chipped the ball over Madrid-keeper Keylor Navas, but with Marcelo saving on the line. Seconds after Robben got closed down by Casemiro, and Polish star Robert Lewandowski secured a 0-1 lead to Bayern Munich.
After this event, the chances got smaller until the 76th minute, as Casemiro made a perfect ball for Cristiano Ronaldo who headed the ball in the net behind Manuel Neuer to 1-1. Only few minutes later Bayern again punished Madrid. A crossing from Thomas Müller towards Lewandowski ended at Sergio Ramos’s feet, who sent the ball into own net, and Bayern Munich at level in the match.
In the 84th minute Bayern Munich suffered, what should be a fatal loss, when Arturo Vidal got sent off, after a completely clean tackle. The match went into extra time, and the drama could continue.
Both teams created chances from start, and after 104 minutes Sergio Ramos proved to undo the damage, by serving the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo who put the ball in to 2-2. This goal made Cristiano Ronaldo the first player to reach 100 goals in Champions League.
Now Real Madrid were on a streak, and 5 minutes later Marcelo took a run through the field, cleverly played the ball to Ronaldo, and 3-2! the hattrick-hero took celebrations from an overexcited crowd.
Two minutes later wonderkid Marco Asensio put a last nail in the coffin, and made it 4-2 to Real Madrid, and with that a combined result on 6-3 with Madrid as clear winners.