UCL Recap: Ronaldo hat-trick helps Real Madrid see off Bayern, Juventus dump out Barcelona

Holders Real Madrid held off a Bayern Munich fight back, as three extra time goals helped them pick up a hard-fought 4-2 victory over the German giants to keep their hopes of retaining the Champions League alive.

Robert Lewandowski – who missed the first leg with a shoulder injury – broke the deadlock on 53 minutes when he coolly slotted home from the penalty spot, after Casemiro fouled Arjen Robben inside the box.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit 100 Champions League goals in Real Madrid’s 4-2 win over Bayern
image: indianexpress.com

Cristiano Ronaldo pulled one back to make it 1-1 on the night as he headed home from Casemiro’s cross on 76 minutes, but Keylor Navas let a poor Sergio Ramos back pass beat him at the near post just a minute later to put Bayern back in front.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side suffered a big blow six on 86 minutes, when Arturo Vidal was harshly shown a red card for picking up a second yellow card after a challenge on Marco Asensio, leaving them having to play extra time with just ten men.

Just like the first leg, Real Madrid now had a man advantage and they made it count when Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his second goal of the game on 104 minutes when he coolly slotted home from inside the box, despite being in an offisde position.

Ronaldo made sure of a Real Madrid victory five minutes later, when the Portuguese winger sealed his hat-trick and his 100th Champions League goal as he slotted home into an empty net from Marcelo’s square ball.

Asensio added a fourth for good measure on 112 minutes, as he capped off a brilliant solo run with a low strike in off the far post to seal Real Madrid’s progress into the semi-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich.

Teenager Kylian M’Bappe stole the show once again, as French side Monaco reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2004 with a 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund.

M’Bappe scored twice in a 3-2 win last week and it took him just three minutes to open the scoring in the second leg, as the 18-year-old fired home at the near post after goalkeeper Roman Burki parried Benjamin Mendy’s powerful drive into the path of the striker.

Radamel Falcao made it 2-0 on 17 minutes as he headed home from a Lemar cross, while Marco Reus gave the German side some hope three minutes into the second half, when he got on the end of a Ousmane Dembele cross and fired the ball into the top corner.

However, Monaco made sure of their place in the final four on 81 minutes when substitute Valere Germain got on the end of Lemar’s cross and slotted home through the legs of goalkeeper Burki to complete a 6-3 aggregate win over Dortmund.

Leicester’s fairytale Champions League run came to end but the Foxes can go out with their heads held high, after battling back to snatch a deserving 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid.

Atletico brought a 1-0 lead to the King Power Stadium and Saul Niguez doubled their advantage on 26 minutes, when he headed a Felipe Luis cross into he bottom scorer to put the away side 1-0 up on the night.

Leicester came out of the blocks in the second half and grabbed a much deserved equaliser on the hour mark, when Jamie Vardy punched inside the box after Ben Chilwell’s cross deflected off Gabi and into the path of the Englishman, who slammed home at the near post.

Leicester needed another two goals to go through and had their chances to take the lead, with Lucas Hernandez blocking a Leonardo Ulloa shot from close range and Riyad Mahrez sent a free-kick curling over the crossbar.

Atletico Madrid held on for the 2-1 aggregate win to seal their place in the semi-finals for a third time in four seasons, but Leicester will exit with their heads held high after an amazing story for the Foxes came to an end.

There was to be no repeat of Barcelona‘s heroics from the last 16 as Juventus’ first leg advantage was enough to seal their place in the semi-finals, after holding the Catalans to a scoreless draw at the Nou Camp.

The home side did have their chances to find a way back into the tie but Lionel Messi spurned their best chances, as he sent a left-footed effort wide and was denied by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the first half.

The Argentine also sent a free-kick just over the crossbar on the hour mark, with Neymar and Luis Suarez also blew chances to take the lead on a night that Luis Enrique’s side has just one shot on target.

Barcelona exit at the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons
image: skysports.com

Juventus produced another brilliant defensive display – having yet to concede a goal from open play in the campaign – but they too had their chances to extend on their 3-0 lead.

Juan Cuadrado missed the best of the Italian champion’s opportunities with the former Chelsea man drifting a shot wide and hit the side netting in quick succession in second half, while a Gonzalo Higuain effort was easily dealt with by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The damage was done in the first leg for Barcelona, who crash out of the Champions League as the quarter-finals for the second season running, as Juventus’ hopes of a first Champions League trophy since 1996 remain alive.

Leave a comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.