By Izuchukwu Okosi
Real Madrid booked their place in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League Tuesday night after 120 minutes of
entertaining football with a 4-2 win against10-man Bayern Munich (6-3 on aggregate) at the Santiago Bernabeu,
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick while the other goal for the Spanish side camr through Marcelo Asensio. Robert
Lewandowski scored from the penalty spot for the Bavarians while Sergio Ramos scored an unfortunate own goal.
Bayern Munich were the first to apply the pressure in the first half but Real Madrid had succesion of chances
through Karim Benzema, Daniel Carvajal and Sergio Ramos which could have put daylight on the fixture.
Arturo Vidal was yellow-carded in the sixth minute for a foul around the Bayern penalty area but was again shown a
second yellow, albeit in controversial circumstances six minutes before the end of the game.
The first goal of the night came from the Germans when referee Viktor Kassai awarded Bayern a penalty in the 53rd
minute which Robert Lewandowski dispatched expertly after waiting for Keylor Navas to move before rolling the ball
into the middle of the goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo equalised in the 76th minute when a perfect lofted pass from Casemiro found him. The Portuguese
superstar jumped highest and steered a close-range header straight into the bottom right corner. His effort was both
strong and precise, and Manuel Neuer had no chance of stopping that.
However Sergio Ramos put the ball beyond his own goalkeeper to register an own goal two mniutes after Ronaldo’s goal
to bring the aggregate score at this point to 3-3. The score stayed that way after 90 minutes meaning it had to be
settled by 30 minutes of extra time and possibly penalty shootout.
Cristiano Ronaldo beat the offside rule in the 105th minute to fire a left-footed shot beyond Manuel Neur and hand
Madrid the advantage. Ronaldo ensured he has scored four goals, two away and two at home against his former manager,
Carlo Ancelotti and his team.
Marcelo put the ball on a plate for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored with a simple close-range finish. It’s 3-2 with
ten minutes left on the clock.
Youngster Marco Asensio struck from inside the penalty area in the 112th minute with his weaker right foot, sending
the ball precisely into the bottom left corner to make it 4-2 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate, Manuel Neuer was
helpless on that occasion.