Ronaldo Hat Trick Puts Real Madrid In CL Semis
April 18, 2017
It was a wild one in Madrid Tuesday night. A 78th minute Sergio Ramos own goal leveled the aggregate score at 3-3 and forced extra time in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg clash between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. However, Ronaldo would complete his hat trick with two goals in extra time, giving Real Madrid a 6-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich to reach the Champions League semifinals. Luka Modrić got the start and played all 120 minutes dictating his usual play in the midfield. Modrić played a more conservative role against Bayern in the second leg as he did not push up at all during the match. Over two legs against Bayern Munich, Ronaldo scored five of Real Madrid’s six goals. They will join city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semifinals, who defeated Leceister City 2-1 on aggregate.
Wednesday night will see the other two semifinalists, as Barcelona host Juventus and Monaco host Borussia Dortmund.
Will Luka Modrić lift the Champions League Cup for a third time in four years?
The midfield maestro has orchestrated some great games for Real Madrid in his five years at the club; but a second straight Champions League title to go along with a La Liga title (which they are in prime position to win) is nothing to downplay. After a disastrous first season with Los Blancos, the trophies have been piling in.
Tuesday night in Madrid, Real will defend their 2-1 first leg victory in Germany as they are now 90 minutes away from the Champions League semifinals. The game kicks off at 2:45PM (ET) with Atletico Madrid facing Leicester City at the same time. Barcelona looks all but out after a 3-0 first leg loss to Juventus and Monaco shelled in three away goals against Borussia Dortmund.
The current favorites to be in the CL semifinals are Real Madrid, Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. And you have to put Real Madrid and Juventus ahead of the competition as long as they don’t get paired before the final.