Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hat-trick as defending champions Real Madrid came from 1-2 down to defeat Bayern Munich 4-2 in extra time to book their place in the Champions League semi-finals.
Trailing 1-2 in the tie after losing at home, Bayern Munich was clearly the better side when the game got underway at the Santiago Bernabeu and they would have opened the scoring after nine minutes when Thiago Alcantara had his shot blocked brilliantly by Marcelo and Arjen Robben could only put the rebound in the side-netting.
The home time soon began finding their rhythm and and created few good chances to take the lead. Karim Benzema sent a header wide before before Dani Carvajal’s brilliant long shot drew out even a better save from Manuel Neuer. Later, Sergio Ramos had his goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Jerome Boateng while Ronaldo hit a shot straight at Manuel Neuer when he could have squared across for Karim Benzema in the better position during a counter attack. Neither of the two teams could convert their chances as the half ended goalless.
The visitors once again began brightly after the restart but were denied again by Marcelo after 50 minutes as the Brazil international cleared Robben’s goal-bound effort off the line. But moments later, the Netherlands international made the difference as he went down under a Casemiro challenge in the box and Robert Lewandowski made no mistake in converting the resulting penalty.
The score was 2-2 on aggregate but the holders were still leading on away goals. Ronaldo then put his team in a commanding position after hitting the equaliser in the 76th minute when he headed in Casemiro precise cross. However, the joy was short-lived as an own goal from Ramos in the very next minute leveled the tie. Two controversial decisions followed soon when Casemiro escaped a booking after fouling Robben at the edge of the penalty box before Arturo Vidal was sent off for a challenge on Asensio.
Madrid capitalised on the one-man advantage with Ronaldo scoring twice and Asensio also getting on the scoresheet during the extra-time.
A pair of controversial decisions followed. First Casemiro fouled Robben at the edge of the penalty box but was not given a second yellow, and three minutes later Vidal was sent off for a challenge on Asensio.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
In three years at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola never failed to reach the Champions League semi's. Carlo Ancelotti failed at his 1st attempt.
— Shane Burns (@MediaShaneBurns) April 18, 2017
The Three Best player in the World are:-
— Ahmed Ishaq Butt (@Ahmedishaq14) April 19, 2017
Atletico Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo both score their 100 goals in the Champions League tonight pic.twitter.com/qBs7Vv3XR2
— ⚽Ozzy⚽ (@HadjiM10) April 18, 2017
Arsenal fans watching Bayern Munich getting ripped apart tonight. pic.twitter.com/ppicyiThTc
— ~ (@Sonofthehorn) April 18, 2017
The Real Madrid win over Bayern Munich tonight is proof that video technology has to be introduced, especially for big games.
— Man Like Robbie (@MLRobbie) April 18, 2017
Always with the big goals, Ramos
— Tom Adams (@tomEurosport) April 18, 2017
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) April 18, 2017
Salt in the wounds for Bayern. Ronaldo offside.
— Dan Thomas (@DanThomasESPN) April 18, 2017
Positives. Unlike under Pep, at least Bayern managed to score in Spain when exiting Champions League.
— Mark Lovell (@LovellLowdown) April 18, 2017
Vidal's tackle not even a foul, Ronaldo's 2nd goal was offside, Real Madrid takes advantage. High quality match ruined by the refereeing.
— Alejandro Moreno (@AleMorenoESPN) April 18, 2017
The referee in the Madrid vs Bayern match pic.twitter.com/MVHRm0XsNW
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) April 18, 2017