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Arturo Vidal bemoans 'Referee Had A Bad Game', Bayern Rages After Loss To Real Madrid
Melinda Barton | 21 April, 2017, 03:38

However, the victory did not come without controversy as Ronaldo was shown to be in an offside position when he scored his second goal while Arturo Vidal was harshly sent off for the visitors.

Following the clashes between Leicester City supporters and officers that preceded last week's quarter-final first leg between Atletico Madrid and the Premier League champions, authorities in the Spanish capital pledged to reinforce its police presence for Bayern's visit.

He hadn't been scoring a lot of goals and was even jeered at times by Real Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Tuesday's treble extended Ronaldo's lead over Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Champions League history.

However, Bayern were also beneficiaries from refereeing decisions as they were gifted a non-existent penalty in the first leg and earned another spot-kick in the second meeting which was far from certain. "We are not happy about this". It was not a red card, and for their goals it was offside for one, maybe two.

At the other end Tony Kroos fired just wide, while Ronaldo took his time in the area to allow Manuel Neuer to make the save.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to propel Madrid into the final at the expense of the German club who Kroos spent four years at from 2010 to 2014.

"We had thought of everything going into this game - except the referee", Ancelotti said.

Neuer, outstanding in both legs against Real, was injured in extra-time and will miss the final stretch of the season with Bayern leading by eight points in the Bundesliga with five matches remaining. We've had a lot of tough games, but tonight's was the most hard of them all.

"The referee probably wasn't up to the task", said the Italian, a former Real boss.

"We turned in a really good display, I'm proud of my players, who played with commitment and gave it everything".

'Maybe it's better to meet Monaco or Real, who will spend significant energy in the fight for the league, ' the 39-year-old told Mediaset Premium.

Just what Ronaldo deserved - his goals may have been offside, but he was once again the hero.