Ronaldo and Real Madrid – with help from officials – overcome a spirited Bayern Munich effort to advance
20 April, 2017, 07:05
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"The team was literally in ruins in the changing room", he said.
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick gave Madrid a 4-2 extra-time win over Bayern, sealing a 6-3 aggregate triumph for the European champions. It's not easy to score six goals against Bayern and we deserved it. Even discounting decisions in their favour, Madrid still played excellent football and deserve to be in the semi-finals. Bayern were all over Real at this point but couldn't quite force a second goal, and they were made to pay when Ronaldo made it 1-1 on the night, holding off Philipp Lahm to nod Casemiro's clipped cross into the bottom corner.
The 32-year-old's hat-trick against Bayern was his sixth in the Champions League - he has netted two in the Copa Del Rey and one in the Club World Cup.
"Arturo could perhaps have been dismissed before, but definitely not in the situation where he got his second yellow". The fans are not going to question him, these things happen and that's it.
Germany worldwide Muller stressed that Bayern "did not put in a ideal performance", but added: "We were in great shape mentally after we went 2-1 up and still had 11 players on the pitch".
'When he was at United, between 2006 and 2008, I still maintain that's his best two football years as a football player, in terms of his contribution through the whole game.
"It's too early to think about that, but hopefully that's what we will achieve in the end", said Ronaldo, who on Tuesday became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals.
"The referee's task is quite hard, whether it's for or against us I won't get into it", said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
Now Real is on the edge of a third final in four seasons, while Bayern can only lick its wounds and focus on Mainz (Sorry, Mainz).
"It's a special competition for Real Madrid", Ronaldo said.
But the moment he realised that it was Casemiro who had committed the foul, a certain bookable offence, the ref immediately withdrew his hand and allowed the midfielder to play on.
Worse was to follow for Bayern when, as the first half of extra time was drawing to a close, Ronaldo scored from an offside position and seemingly helped the ball down with his upper arm.
Hummels said it hurt Bayern's players to see Ronaldo's controversial strikes in the aftermath of the match as the holders progressed to the semi-finals of the competition after a 4-2 victory on the night at the Santiago Bernabeu.