Sunday, 23 July, 2017

Ronaldo urges Real Madrid fans: Stop whistling me!

Three Bayern stars storm ref's dressing room after Real defeat Arturo Vidal had a frustrating night with a harsh sending-off
Kristopher Love | 20 April, 2017, 06:57

Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid had outside help as they knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo is transforming himself into a centre-forward capable of "incredible" scoring numbers over many years to come, says Gary Neville.

Real Madrid's first opportunity of the match did not arrive until the 24th minute when Marcelo broke down the left before picking out the head of Benzema with a smart cross, but the Frenchman's effort was wide of the post. "The second yellow for Arturo should not have been a card, and Ronaldo had two goals when he was offside".

On a night of high drama and controversy at the Santiago Bernabeu the Portuguese striker once again dominated the headlines with a hat-trick to send the holders into the semi-finals for a record seventh straight year.

"I think he'll go on for a long, long time".

And Vidal vented his fury after the match, per Marca: "This robbery can not happen in the Champions League, it was clearly noticeable and it starts to make you doubt [the game] a bit".

Ancelotti made the case for video technology immediately after the game, saying the mistakes were unacceptable for the Champions League quarterfinals.

A celebrating Ronaldo also graced the front page of rival sports paper Marca with the headline: "Madrid rules Europe" as Atletico Madrid edged out Leicester City 2-1 on aggregate to reach the last four of the Champions League for the third time in four seasons.

"We are exhausted, but happy".

Ronaldo's bullet diving header in the 76th minute then looked to have sent Real through, but a freaky own goal from captain Sergio Ramos moments later levelled things up at 3-3 overall.

He was being outshone by the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar both in the Spanish league and in the Champions League.

"In a quarter-final you have to put a better referee, or it is the moment to introduce video refereeing, which is what Uefa are trying, because there are too many errors", Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti said.

"FC Bayern felt the action of the Spanish police [to be] completely misplaced and immeasurable".

"We were lucky in some situations, but also a bit unlucky in terms of refereeing decisions". We deserved it in first leg, not today. We've seen Ryan Giggs go from a flying winger to someone who played more centrally as a midfielder.

"The red card was the killer", he said.

"We wanted to go through and there's a lot of anger in that a match of such intensity is decided by the referee".