Real Madrid emerge victorious in thriller

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Bayern.

Real Madrid emerge victorious in thriller

Patrick Power by Patrick Power @rfutbol - 5 +18k

Real Madrid and Bayern offered a spectacle of attacking football that could have gone either way. In the end, extra time saw the hosts take the game.

There was great anticipation to this match, with two of Europe's top teams coming together in the Champions League quarter-final, and indeed they did not disappoint. From the very beginning the viewers were granted an example of attacking football which left one wondering when the teams would let up a little bit.

Bayern were stronger in the opening minutes, and had their clearest chance when Thiago's shot was blocked by Marcelo's heroics, for Robben to then fire into the side-netting. Real Madrid, who had looked a little taken aback by the rhythm set by the visitors, managed to get into pace and create a few chance of their own. Neuer's fingertips stopped Carvajal's drive creeping into the bottom corner before Ramos' effort was cleared by Boateng from under the bar.

After such an open first half, the tension at the stadium began to mount. It was a slightly less frenetic beginning to the second half, but the crowd would not like what they were to see. First, Robben's shot was cleared off the line by Marcelo, and then the Dutch winger would make the best of Casemiro's rash challenge to get a penalty for his side. Navas went one way and Lewandowski fired down the middle to put Bayern ahead.

Both sides took a step back after the goal with the growing nerves creating inaccuracies as time went by. Xabi Alonso was substituted off receiving a standing ovation from his former club's supporters, and Real Madrid scored the equaliser a minute later. Casemiro found Ronaldo in the box with a brilliant ball behind the defence, and the striker headed past Neuer.

The Bernabeu breathed a sigh of relief seeing the home team score a goal. However, the joy lasted about a minute as Bayern went straight up the other end. Muller brought the ball down in the box and after a mix up from the defence Ramos dragged the ball into his own net.

The Germans continued to pile on the pressure against a startled Real Madrid, but it all changed after Vidal went in to a lunging tackle on Asensio and, though he seemed to get the ball, received a second yellow card to put his team down to ten men. From then on, it was mostly Real Madrid who looked for a goal, as Bayern were happy to wait for extra time.

The Germans had to remove striker Lewandowski to level up the midfield, and began the extra thirty minutes having completed all three substitutions and with a player less than their opponents. It was a more conservative beginning to extra time, with fatigue taking its toll. But it was the hosts who made the most of their superiority with Ronaldo scoring his second. Ramos put a great ball behind the defence for the striker to bring it down on his chest and fire past Neuer.

The second half of extra time saw Bayern taking more risks, in desperate need of a goal. It was the home side who once again would take advantage of this with Marcelo opening up the defence with a surging run, only to unselfishly square across for Ronaldo to complete his hat-trick. At this point, Zidane's side were enjoying themselves, and pleasing the crowd, and next it was Marco Asensio who picked up the ball to run at the defence and find the bottom corner.

A fantastic match at the Bernabeu that sees Real Madrid go through to the semi-finals, where they join Atletico Madrid who beat Leicester 2-1 on aggregate.

Patrick Power

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