Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich with a contreversial extra time to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal’s 84th-minute dismissal was the beginning of the turning point of the thriller match, paving way to Ronaldo who was clearly standing in an offside position to score Madrid’s second in extra time.
Bayern had the lead when Robert Lewandowski connected with a penalty.
Madrid struggled to find rhythm at a nervy Bernabeu before Ronaldo headed in Casemiro’s precise cross.
Bayern responded just 36 seconds later as Sergio Ramos’ own goal forced extra time, but then crumbled after Ronaldo illegally fired in Madrid’s second.
Ronaldo tapped in the third, making his 100th Champions League goal, the first player ever to reach 100 Champions League goals. Marco Asensio sealing victory by firing into the bottom corner.
Madrid will now progress through the semi-final, finding out their next opponents when the draw is made on Friday.
What they said:
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane: “I don’t get involved if decisions are right or wrong,”
“Everyone has their own opinions, some might say it was not a second yellow card for Vidal, some might say it is.
“Cristiano’s goal might have been offside but it doesn’t change anything.”
‘Ronaldo is always there for us’ – post-match reaction
On some home supporters whistling at Cristiano Ronaldo during the game: “Cristiano has shown that in the key moments he is there, he makes the difference. When he has to be, he is there.
“It is unique and we are happy for him and for the team.
“Maybe after today they do not whistle anymore, but this is Madrid and that things happen from time to time, and he knows it. He has to be calm.
“The public will always thank Cristiano for everything he has done.”
Both teams go back to domestic league action hoping to move a step closer to their respective titles.
Madrid have the small matter of El Clasico to focus on. Zidane’s team can move six points clear at the top of La Liga by beating arch-rivals Barcelona.
The sides meet on Sunday at the Bernabeu (19:45 BST)
Bundesliga leaders Bayern, who are eight points clear with five games left, will hope to bounce back from this defeat when they host Mainz on Saturday.
Ronaldo (76′ minutes, 104′ minutes, 109′ minutes)
Asensio (112′ minutes)
Lewandowski (53′ minutes pen)
Ramos (77′ minutes og)
Vidal (Dismissed at 84′ minutes)