UEFA Champions League
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain
Real Madrid progressed into their sixth consecutive Champions League Semi-final after overturning a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat Wolfsburg 3-0 on the night and win 3-2 on aggregate.
Defensive errors from the German side were capitalised-on by Cristiano Ronaldo who netted twice in quick succession before the break, before completing a fine hat-trick thirteen minutes from time to knock-out an inspired Wolfsburg team.
The hosts started well and very nearly took the lead when skipper Sergio Ramos headed a Toni Kroos corner onto the top of the bar in the fifth minute.
Ten minutes later the hosts took the lead. After Dani Carvajal’s initial cross was blocked, his second was deflected into the path of Ronaldo who tapped home from close-range.
It took the Portuguese 88 seconds to get his second and Madrid’s equaliser. Ronaldo met a Kroos corner to send a glancing-header beyond Diego Benaglio.
In the 33rd minute the visitors went close when Luiz Gustavo’s effort from-range was tipped over the bar by Keylor Navas.
Four minutes later they went close again. André Schürrle cut the ball back to Bruno Henrique, who opted to take a touch enabling Ramos to get back and block the eventual effort from Henrique, who should have taken it earlier.
In the 59th minute the visitors were holding on and the visitors came close to taking the lead for the first time in the tie when a Luka Modrić cross was almost put into his own net by Naldo but Benaglio did enough to prevent his centre-back from scoring an own goal.
Six minutes later the hosts very nearly went ahead in the tie. Ramos met a delivery from a corner to head against the woodwork. The hosts were incensed the ball crossed the line however Benaglio did enough to claw it away and the referee was unmoved.
Four minutes later the visitors went close to taking the lead themselves. Dante met a freekick from the left, but his header under-pressure from Ramos was comfortable for Navas.
In the 75th minute the hosts went ahead. Modrić was adjudged to be fouled by Gustavo, although the Brazilian took the ball from the Croatian. Ronaldo stepped up to send the resulting freekick through the wall and past Benaglio. Naldo and Josuha Guilavogui actually separated in the wall and Ronaldo took full advantage.
The hosts knew that an away goal for the visitors would mean that Madrid would need another and they went close to sealing the victory when substitute Jesé forced Benaglio into a fantastic save. The forward cut-inside before curling a deflected effort off Vierinha but the Swiss keeper was on-hand to keep Wolfsburg in the game.
The save didn’t make much of a significance as the referee blew his whistle to bring the match to an end with Madrid overturning Wolfsburg’s first-leg victory.
The result meant that Real Madrid progressed into the Semi-finals for the sixth consecutive season whilst Wolfsburg bowed out.