Ronaldo always comes through - Zidane

April 19, 2017
Real Madrid's scorer Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his side's first goal.


"In the big moments, Ronaldo always comes through," coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday after the star striker's hat-trick led Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich on Tuesday, putting the defending champions back in the semi-finals.

Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, scoring once in regulation and twice in extra time. Marco Asensio also netted late for Madrid, who advanced 6-3 on aggregate after a 2-1 first leg win in Germany.

"He scored five times in these two games, what else can I say?" Zidane added.


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Ronaldo had scored both goals for Madrid in the first leg, when he became the first player to reach 100 goals in European club competition.

Bayern played a man down from the 84th minute after Arturo Vidal picked up his second yellow card of the night for a foul on Asensio.

"We deserved more," said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, who complained about the refereeing. "The calls made by the referee hurt us a lot. The second yellow for Arturo should not have been a card, and Ronaldo had two goals when he was offside."

Ronaldo appeared to be in front of the defenders, and just offside, for his first goal in extra time.

Vidal appeared to mainly get the ball in his challenge on Asensio, although he could have received a second yellow earlier for a foul on Casemiro.

After Robert Lewandowski had scored a 53rd minute penalty for Bayern, an own-goal by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in the 78th had given the German side a 2-1 lead in regulation time, and sent the game into extra time.

The victory at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium put Madrid into the semi-finals for the seventh straight season and kept alive its hopes of becoming the first team to retain the Champions League title since the competition's new format was created in 1992.

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