Real & Atletico Madrid Reach The Champions League Semi-Finals
There was plenty of drama in the second-leg of the Champions League quarter finals last night.
Hat-trick hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, helped Real Madrid qualify for the next stage of the cup. The main man from Portugal scored in the 76th minute, a goal that would have seen Real Madrid sail through to the semis in 90 minutes, if it wasn’t for an own goal from Sergio Ramos two minutes after. Bayern Munich ended normal time with 10 men as Arturo Vidal was incorrectly sent off. With Ronaldo looking threatening and heading into extra time a man down, there was a lot to ask from the Bundesliga leaders.
The added man advantage worked in Real Madrid’s favour as Bayern conceded three goals in less than ten minutes; two from star striker Ronaldo, both of which seemed to be offside, and a stylish solo run and low right-footed goal from Asensio Marcos finished the games 6-3 on aggregate.
The win means that Real Madrid are unbeaten in 12 Champions League games at the Santiago Bernabéu and have now reached the semi-final draw for a seventh consecutive year.
On English soil, Leicester were unable continue with their monumental efforts to reach the semi-finals. Jamie Vardy’s goal managed to tie the second leg up as a 1-1 drawer, but entering the game with a 1-0 deficit, the Fox’s Champions League run came to an end.
The King Power stadium came alive last night as the pre-match celebrations flooded the stadium with blue, white and gold; an atmosphere that attending fans will never forget.
Nobody can say that Leicester didn’t go out without a fight and Shakespeare’s squad can relish the fact they were the only English team to make it to the last 8 in the cup.
There is more Champions League action tonight as Monaco host Dortmund, and Barcelona need another miracle come-back to beat Juventus at Camp Nou.
Check in with The MANual tomorrow as we have our say on the games.