Zinedine Zidane’s men move one step closer of defending their Champions League title after scoring three goals in extra-time against the Bundesliga giants
CRISTIANO RONALDO proved to be the hero for Real Madrid yet again as his perfect hat-trick sealed a 4-2 win against Bayern Munich.
Zinedine Zidane’s men were forced into extra-time at the Bernabeu Stadium, but three goals in the final 30 minutes sees them into the last four of the Champions League.
Both sides failed to find the breakthrough in the first half despite a host of chances being missed at either end.
Bayern Munich came agonisingly close when Thiago Alcantara’s shot in the ninth minute was expertly blocked by Marcelo from inside the six yard box after Franck Ribery found the Spaniard.
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Former Los Blancos star Arjen Robben then thought he scored with the rebound, but his attempt hit the side netting as he looked to squeeze in his effort at the near post.
Then the Madrid onslaught ensued, Dani Carvajal’s fizzing strike from outside the box went inches wide, before Jerome Boateng cleared Sergio Ramos’ shot off the line in the 28th minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo was a frustrated figure in the opening period, squandering key chances, firstly in the 36th minute when he chose not to square the ball to Karim Benzema and saw his attempt saved low down by Manuel Neuer, before the Portuguese man blazed over a left-footed drive just before the break.
Robben again came tantalisingly close for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, as his deft chip was cleared off the line by Marcelo, but just a minute later he won a penalty after being clipped by Casemiro.
Robert Lewandowski stepped up and duly dispatched the spot-kick in the 53rd minute as he sent Keylor Navas the wrong way.
Arturo Vidal then thought he scored the vital second away goal, but he blazed over his volley after Robben threaded through a beautiful pass.
Against the run of play, Ronaldo finally found the back of the net in the 76th minute, expertly heading the ball into the bottom right corner after meeting a Casemiro cross.
But then virtually from kick-off, Sergio Ramos scored a comedy own goal, somehow dragging the ball beyond Navas after a mix-up at the back.
Vidal was then shown a second yellow in the 84th-minute, although replays show his sliding tackle on Marco Asensio was perfectly timed.
Ronaldo had the first opportunity in extra-time, but Neuer in the Bayern goal parried away his swerving strike from distance.
The German shot-stopper was again called into action, when he reacted quickly at his near post to brilliantly turn away Asensio’s curling effort.
In the 104th minute, Ronaldo got his name on the score sheet again, controlling Ramos’ chipped pass with his chest before firing low under Neuer with his left foot, although replays show he was offside.
Ronaldo then completed his perfect hat-trick and scored his 100th Champions League goal after he tapped home into an empty net after Marcelo stormed through the heart of the Bayern defence after a fantastic run.
It was 4-2 shortly after when Asensio breezed past Mats Hummels and found the bottom left corner with a beautiful curling strike.