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Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Madrid to comeback win

Published: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 22.38CET
Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg (agg: 3-2)
Cristiano Ronaldo wiped out the first-leg deficit with two goals in the space of 86 seconds before sealing it with a late free-kick.

Match statistics

Real MadridWolfsburg

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)56
 
44
Total attempts16
 
9
on target7
 
3
off target5
 
3
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork2
 
0
Corners12
 
4
Offsides5
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
9
Fouls suffered9
 
10
Passes589
 
449
completed525
 
378

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 22.38CET

Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Madrid to comeback win

Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg (agg: 3-2)
Cristiano Ronaldo wiped out the first-leg deficit with two goals in the space of 86 seconds before sealing it with a late free-kick.

  • Ten-time winners Real Madrid reach semi-finals for sixth successive season
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wipes out 2-0 first-leg deficit inside 17 minutes
  • Ronaldo takes season tally to 16 in this competition, one off his own 2013/14 record
  • Portuguese's fifth UEFA Champions league hat-trick, equalling Lionel Messi's record
  • Semi-final draw on Friday at 11.30CET, streamed live on UEFA.com

Cristiano Ronaldo was at his destructive best as a sensational hat-trick left Wolfsburg's dreams in tatters.

Real Madrid needed a minor miracle to reach the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the sixth season running, and Ronaldo was just the man to perform it. The 31-year-old wiped out the deficit with two goals inside 90 seconds early on, and then sealed victory with a free-kick that found a gap in a poorly formed wall and, from there, the back of the net.

Ronaldo: 'It was a perfect night'

Zinédine Zidane said on the eve of the game that his side "weren't going to win it inside ten or 15 minutes", but it did not take them much longer to at least cancel out their first-leg arrears. Sergio Ramos had already looped a header onto the bar when Dani Carvajal got into space down the right and his deflected cross was swept in by Ronaldo.

It was a big blow to Wolfsburg but nothing to compare with the one that followed less than 90 seconds later as Ronaldo rose and glanced in Toni Kroos's corner. Madrid, playing with an urgency conspicuous by its absence six days ago, were suddenly level on aggregate.

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Cristiano Ronaldo after making it 2-0

It got worse before it got better for Wolfsburg as Julian Draxler limped off, yet there were signs of promise before the break and Bruno Henrique could easily have grabbed a killer away goal. Teed up with only Keylor Navas to beat, the Brazilian fatefully took a touch rather than going for goal, allowing Marcelo and Ramos to get bodies in the way.

The Madrid onslaught continued after the interval and Ramos thought he had scored midway through the second period with a header from a set piece that hit the upright and rolled to Diego Benaglio. Extra time loomed until Ronaldo sent in a free-kick that slipped through the wall and just beyond Benaglio. Like so often in this competition, it was just his night.

Analysis from Joseph Walker at the Santiago Bernabéu

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Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. The competition's record scorer is ever the man for a big occasion. He did it against Schalke last season and his impressive record against German sides was prolonged tonight. He twice popped up in the right place at the right time to even things up and then buried the free-kick that won it. The Portuguese is just one off his competition record of 17 in a campaign and still has at least two more games to break it.

Zidane learning on the job
Still wet behind the ears in managerial terms, Zidane is showing signs that as each game passes he is improving his understanding of the job. After admitting he did not get things quite right in the first leg he changed tactics and made an alteration in personnel as Carvajal replaced Danilo at right-back. It paid immediate dividends as the Spaniard gobbled up the turf before firing in the cross that led to Ronaldo's opener.

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Boisterous Bernabéu
Ever since their 2-0 defeat in Germany, Madrid fans had set the agenda for a famous European 'remontada' (fightback). From hours out they lined the streets around the ground and unfurled just before kick-off a huge banner recalling their 1985 UEFA Cup semi-final comeback against Inter Milan. The noise went up several decibels with Ronaldo's goals in the first half and the metaphorical roof was completely blown off as he capped a stunning comeback on 77 minutes.

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Last updated: 25/04/16 9.47CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

wolfsburg

Wolfsburg

1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
1
BenaglioDiego Benaglio (GK) (C)
3
PepePepe
8
VieirinhaVieirinha
Yellow Card90+1
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
10
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution32
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal15
Goal17
Goal77
Yellow Card80
16
HenriqueBruno Henrique
Substitution73
8
KroosToni Kroos
17
SchürrleAndré Schürrle
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution84
18
DanteDante
Yellow Card85
11
BaleGareth Bale
22
Luiz GustavoLuiz Gustavo
Yellow Card76
12
MarceloMarcelo
23
GuilavoguiJosuha Guilavogui
Substitution80
14
CasemiroCasemiro
25
NaldoNaldo
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
27
ArnoldMaximilian Arnold
Yellow Card45+2
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
Substitution90+2
34
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez

Substitutes

13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
28
CasteelsKoen Casteels (GK)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
Substitution90+2
4
SchäferMarcel Schäfer
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
7
CaligiuriDaniel Caligiuri
Substitution73
18
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
11
KruseMax Kruse
Substitution32
20
JeséJesé
Substitution84
12
DostBas Dost
Substitution80
22
IscoIsco
15
TräschChristian Träsch
23
DaniloDanilo
31
KnocheRobin Knoche

Coach

Zinédine Zidane (FRA) Dieter Hecking (GER)

Referee

Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Assistant referees

György Ring (HUN), Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Fourth official

Istvan Albert (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Tamás Bognar (HUN), Ádám Farkas (HUN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution