Watch: Controversial Ronaldo hat-trick sees Madrid overcome Bayern; Atletico end Leicester’s fairytale

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich 4-2 (agg 6-3)

Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick led Real Madrid to victory over Bayern Munich in a controversial 2nd leg quarterfinal clash in the Champions League.

After a pretty dull first-half at the Santiago Bernabeu, the game came to life in the second-half and turned out to be one of the most exciting and controversial games in this year’s Champions League. Casemiro tripped Arjen Robben inside the box to hand Bayern Munich an opening in the game, and it was taken with ease by Robert Lewandowski. Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the score in the 76th minute, making a clever run into the box away from Jerome Boateng and thumping home a header past Manuel Neuer. A moment of sheer bizarreness occurred in the 77th minute, as Thomas Muller chested down a long pass from the deep, and Sergio Ramos in an attempt to take it away from Lewandowski poked it into his own net. The game went into extra time with the aggregate score 2-2.

It was one way traffic in extra-time, as Real Madrid scored three goals to reach their seventh consecutive semifinal in the Champions League. However, Ronaldo’s two goals were controversial as the Portuguese was in an offside position on both occasions when the pass was played. Marco Asensio made a penetrating run into the box and hit the bottom corner to score the fourth goal for Madrid in 112th minute.

Bayern can say that they were hard-done by the referees in the game. Along with the two offside goals, Arturo Vidal was sent off in the 84th minute for a second yellow card, though replays appeared to show the Chilean’s tackle was clean.

Though there is controversy surrounding the result, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up on the big stage yet again, and ensured his side continued their run in the Champions League.

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Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid 1-1 (agg 1-2)

Leicester City’s fairytale run in the Champions League ended against Atletico Madrid, as the Foxes had to settle for a draw against Diego Simeone’s side at the King Power Stadium.

It had to end someday, and it did on Tuesday night.

Leicester City’s European adventure was put to rest by Atletico Madrid, as the away side secured a berth in the Champions League semifinal by picking up a draw at the King Power Stadium. Saul put Atletico ahead in the 26th minute, heading home an excellent cross by Filipe Luis and scoring a vital away goal. Jamie Vardy levelled the score in the 60th minute, tucking home from close range via a blocked shot by Ben Chilwell.

Leicester had their moments to equalise in the game, with shots from Leonardo Ulloa and Vardy in the following minutes, but a stubborn Atletico defence ensured that they had no more hiccups on the night.

The fairytale may have ended for Leicester City and their supporters but their dream of bringing back European nights will live on, just like the one they had on Tuesday night. And if their story is anything to go by, it won’t be a surprise if we see this image at the King Power sooner rather than later.

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(Akhil Nair is a sports writer at The Ring Side View. You can follow him on Facebook Here & Tweets @akhiln)

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