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Ronaldo hat-trick leaves Real Madrid on brink of final

Published: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 22.46CET
Cristiano Ronaldo scored three for the second UEFA Champions League game running to leave the holders firmly in the box seat for a place in the final with a 3-0 victory.

Match statistics

Real MadridAtlético

Goals scored3
 
0
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts16
 
4
on target8
 
1
off target6
 
3
blocked2
 
0
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners9
 
3
Offsides0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
10
Passes673
 
422
completed614
 
358

Standings

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Published: Tuesday 2 May 2017, 22.46CET

Ronaldo hat-trick leaves Real Madrid on brink of final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored three for the second UEFA Champions League game running to leave the holders firmly in the box seat for a place in the final with a 3-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo's rich goalscoring form continued, and he upped his tally to eight in three UEFA Champions League outings, as holders Real Madrid took a giant stride towards this season's Cardiff final.

Ronaldo headed in Casemiro's cross on ten minutes and for a while it looked like the hosts would have to settle for that, despite their dominance. But the Portuguese earned breathing space as he lashed in 17 minutes from time, before all but ending Atlético's ambitions with his hat-trick goal on 86 minutes.

Modrić: We were amazing tonight

It was, perhaps, just what Madrid's supremacy had merited. With Karim Benzema initially in the thick of things, Zinédine Zidane's men held sway throughout against an unusually disjointed Atleti, who were grateful for the alert reflexes of Jan Oblak.

Damage limitation seemed the order of the day, however Ronaldo's late double salvo means Diego Simeone's team need a minor miracle at the Calderón next Wednesday. No side has ever recovered a two-goal first-leg deficit in a UEFA Champions League semi-final – let alone three.

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Ronaldo celebrates with Sergio Ramos

Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Who else? When Madrid require a hero it is always the Portuguese who steps up to the plate. After scoring five times in two legs against Bayern to get them to this stage, his treble has practically sealed the Merengues' place in Cardiff and, in the process, he becomes the top marksman in European Cup semi-finals.

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Ronaldo doubles Madrid's lead

Madrid finally keep clean sheet
Real Madrid had managed just one shut-out in their last 16 games in all competitions and had not produced a clean sheet in this season's tournament – until now. It was a robust, secure defensive display against an Atlético team who pre-match had spoken of the need for an away goal, and they restricted the Rojiblancos to pot-shots that failed to trouble Keylor Navas.

Reporter's view
Joe Walker (@UEFAcomJoeW)
Agony and ecstasy. One half of the capital is delighted, the other miserable. Simeone's men were just not at the races and can have no complaints at the final score. They were thoroughly outplayed, especially in the middle of the park, and once unable to ride out the early storm it was always going to be a struggle. Nothing they tried came off, while Madrid delivered a masterclass – as they so often do in this competition.

Last updated: 03/06/17 17.55CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

atlético

Atlético

1
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
13
OblakJan Oblak (GK)
2
CarvajalDani Carvajal
Substitution46
2
GodínDiego Godín
4
RamosSergio Ramos (C)
3
Filipe LuísFilipe Luís
5
VaraneRaphaël Varane
6
KokeKoke
Yellow Card26
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal10
Goal73
Goal86
7
GriezmannAntoine Griezmann
8
KroosToni Kroos
8
Saúl ÑíguezSaúl Ñíguez
Yellow Card53
Substitution58
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution77
10
CarrascoYannick Carrasco
Substitution68
12
MarceloMarcelo
14
GabiGabi (C)
14
CasemiroCasemiro
15
SavićStefan Savić
Yellow Card83
19
ModrićLuka Modrić
19
LucasLucas Hernández
22
IscoIsco
Yellow Card48
Substitution68
21
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Substitution57

Substitutes

13
CasillaKiko Casilla (GK)
1
MoyàMiguel Ángel Moyà (GK)
6
NachoNacho
Substitution46
5
TiagoTiago
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
9
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution57
16
KovačićMateo Kovačić
11
CorreaÁngel Correa
Substitution68
17
Lucas VázquezLucas Vázquez
Substitution77
22
ThomasThomas
20
AsensioMarco Asensio
Substitution68
23
GaitánNicolás Gaitán
Substitution58
21
MorataÁlvaro Morata
37
Alberto RodríguezAlberto Rodríguez

Coach

Zinédine Zidane (FRA) Diego Simeone (ARG)

Referee

Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Assistant referees

Stephen Child (ENG), Stuart Burt (ENG)

Fourth official

Jake Collin (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Michael Oliver (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution