Ronaldo’s Champions League Century Marred By Controversy As Real Madrid Contentiously Defeat Ten-men Bayern Munich In Extra-Time To Progress Into Seventh Consecutive Champions League Semi-final

UEFA Champions League

Quarter-final, Second-leg

April 18th

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain

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Aggregate: (6-3)

52′ Lewandowski (P)

76′ Ronaldo

77′ Ramos (OG)

83′ Vidal Sent off (Second bookable offence)

105′ Ronaldo

109′ Ronaldo

112′ Asensio

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th Champions League goal as Real Madrid progressed into their seventh consecutive Champions League Semi-final after defeating Bayern Munich, who were reduced to ten-men, 4-2 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, but it wasn’t without controversy.

Robert Lewandowski initially levelled the aggregate scores for the Bavarians from the penalty-spot after Arjen Robben was sent tumbling in the area after minimal contact by Casemiro, before Sergio Ramos’ own-goal took the game into Extra-Time, seconds after Ronaldo headed Los Blancos in front on aggregate.

However in the 83rd minute, Bayern had Arturo Vidal very harshly dismissed. The Chilean received a second yellow card and his marching orders after he was adjudged to have fouled substitute Marco Asensio, although he had actually won the ball cleanly.

Ronaldo then scored two more goals in Extra-Time, to complete his hat-trick, although both had come from offside positions, before Asensio sealed the victory with a fantastic solo-goal.

After quite an evenly contested first seven minutes, the visitors had a great chance to take the lead on the night when Franck Ribéry’s teasing delivery across the face of goal found Thiago Alcántara, but his scuffed effort was brilliantly blocked by Marcelo before Robben fired the loose ball just wide.

Los Blancos had a good chance to extend their aggregate lead in the 22nd minute when Marcelo’s dangerous delivery found Karim Benzema, but he headed the ball just wide.

Three minutes later the hosts went close to taking the lead on the night when Ronaldo found Dani Carvajal, whose powerful drilled effort forced Manuel Neuer into a terrific stop, with the keeper tipping the ball behind.

Two minutes later Real Madrid had another good chance to take the lead on the night when Ramos was denied by Jérôme Boateng on the goal-line after Carvajal’s teasing delivery was spilled by Neuer into the path of the Los Blancos skipper.

Real Madrid went close to extending their aggregate lead, five minutes into the second-half, when Isco volleyed the ball just wide following a corner.

A minute later the Bavarians should have scored when David Alaba did well to get to the byline and pull the ball back to Robben, but his chipped effort was brilliantly cleared off the line by Marcelo.

Seconds later the German side had a golden chance to level the scores on aggregate when the referee pointed to the spot after Casemiro sent Robben tumbling in the area. Lewandowski stepped up to send Keylor Navas the wrong way and give the Germans hope. The goal meant that the visitors needed one more goal due to Madrid’s two away goals giving the Spaniards the advantage.

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A minute later the visitors had good chance to take the lead on aggregate when Robben’s lofted pass found Vidal, but he volleyed the ball over the bar.

Three minutes later the German side went close again when Ribéry met a Philip Lahm cross with a volley but his effort was well-saved by Navas.

In the 76th minute the hosts levelled the scores on the night to extend their aggregate lead when Ronaldo headed home a fine cross from Casemiro.

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However Real Madrid’s aggregate lead lasted barely a minute as Bayern levelled the scores through a Ramos own-goal, which occurred after Lewandowski’s presence caused havoc, leading to an unfortunate ricochet off the Spaniard, which beat Navas.

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The ball ricochets off Sergio Ramos and beats Keylor Navas as Bayern Munich level the scores on aggregate. Image from: Getty

 Six minutes later Madrid went close to adding their tally when substitute Lucas Vázquez met a cross from Marcelo on the volley from a tight-angle but his effort flew just wide into the side-netting.

A minute later the visitors were reduced to ten-men when Vidal received a second yellow card for an apparent foul on Asensio, although he took the ball cleanly.

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Arturo Vidal is sent off after a second yellow card for an apparent foul on substitute Marco Asensio, although he won the ball fairly. Image from: Reuters

Six minutes into Extra-Time the hosts went close when Ronaldo’s effort from-range forced Neuer into a fine save, with the keeper palming the ball away.

Two minutes later Madrid went close again when Vázquez found Asensio, whose digged-effort was tipped behind well by Neuer, a minute after substitute Douglas Costa fired wide when he had fellow substitute Joshua Kimmich in support.

On the stroke of half-time in Extra-Time, the hosts went ahead. Ramos wonderfully picked out Ronaldo, who was actually offside, but the flag stayed down and the forward chested the ball before firing the ball home.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after putting Real Madrid ahead in Extra-Time. Image from: Getty

In the 109th minute Real Madrid added to their tally when Marcelo wonderfully surged forward from the half-way-line to beat a number of players before having just Neuer to beat but he squared the ball to Ronaldo, who tapped the ball home to score his 100th Champions League goal. Ronaldo appeared to be marginally offside again.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his hat-trick, which was also his 100th in the Champions League. Image from: BPI

Three minutes later Los Blancos completed the rout when Asensio wonderfully beat two players before calmly slotting home across Neuer.

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Marco Asensio slots home to finish a wonderful solo-goal. Image from: Getty

The result meant that Real Madrid progressed into their seventh consecutive Champions League Semi-final as Bayern Munich bowed out of the competition.

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