Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick sends Real Madrid to the Champions League Semifinals


On a night when Real Madrid needed a hero, Cristiano Ronaldo once again carried his team through with an inspiring performance. Trailing 2-0 from the first leg, Santiago Bernabeu needed an early lift and it came from Ronaldo’s double strike within 88 seconds.

The Portuguese goal machine wiped off Wolfsburg’s first leg lead with two clinical finishes within a minute and a half. On 16th minute, Dani Carvajal ran through the entire Wolfsburg’s defense and somehow found a way for Cristiano to score from a precised tap in.

Real Madrid 3-0 Wolfsburg – Match Stats

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From that moment, it was all Madrid and moments later it was 2-0 after Ronaldo headed home Real’s second goal with a smart near-post finish. Toni Kroos delivered a perfect ball with Ronaldo cleverly timing his run to score past the keeper Diego Benaglio.

Despite two quick fire goals, Wolfsburg managed to steady the ship and somehow stayed in the game for next hour or so. Luis Gustavo had a goal scoring opportunity as well when Keylor Navas made a smart save deny Wolfsburg the away goal.

Real Madrid kept pushing hard for the third goal which would win them the tie and it came late on the 76th minute and what better way to complete his hat-trick than to score from one of his trade mark free kicks.

Real Madrid 3 Wolfsburg 0 Post Match Analysis

Ronaldo bent his knees to the thunderous cheers around the Santiago Bernabéu, took a deep breath, heaved his shoulders, and began his run-up, hitting the ball past the wall and into the net to fire Real Madrid through to the semi-finals of Champions League 2015/16 season.

The shot may have gone through the wall but Real Madrid’s prodigal savior did it again and although there were 15 anxious minutes awaiting the home fans, result looked all but confirmed the moment Ronaldo’s free kick went in.

From that point on, it was Real Madrid who looked like scoring the next goal. Benaglio pulled off saves from Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez to deny an even bigger win for Zinedine Zidane’s team.

Ream Madrid join Manchester City who managed to beat PSG at The Etihad to enter their first ever Champions League semi-final. Barcelona and Bayern Munich play tomorrow hoping to seal their place in the semifinals as well.

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