Real Madrid set one foot in the final of the UEFA Champions League as they exhaustively and heartlessly wrecked Atletico Madrid 3-0 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to achieve 400 goals with Los Blancos and lead the defending champions to a 3-0 win over city rival Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal round on Tuesday.
Real Madrid had a greater amount of the possession of the first half and they took a merited lead before adding the other two in the second half. Atletico found it hard to create a chance, they could only make few all through the game. Karim Benzema could have scored a wonder of a goal with his bicycle kick which went narrowly wide
The first shot came soon for the hosts, Isco and Carvajal connecting up splendidly down the right for the defender to drive the ball home. Oblak carried the ball away but just to the extent Benzema who couldn’t smash the ball in from close range.
Madrid had no time to regret missing such an opportunity, as they were on the ball straight away making peril down both flanks, the pressure was truly mounting for Diego Simeone side, when Casemiro scraped a volley into the zone from the right and Ronaldo rose to meet the ball and head past Oblak.
Atletico were shell-stunned by the early goal and were not able react.,as the home side kept on the possession and looked prone to double their lead. Oblak denied a Varane header before Navas made a wonderful save, Koke played Gameiro in behind the defender and the striker endeavoured to circumvent the goalkeeper, who got a solid hand on the ball to palm it far from under his feet.
Unlike in the first half, the second half did not have the early adrenaline-pumping push that portrayed the early possessions. but it was Real looking more dominating.
Atletico were hoping to hit Madrid on the break, yet Real were unflinching and unfaltering in their defending.
The game sprung back to life in the 73rd minute when an awesome strike by Ronaldo made it 2-0 and furthermore making it his second of the night.
Ronaldo guaranteed every one of the headlines would be his with a successive Champions League hat-trick, having scored five goals in the quarter-final against Bayern Munich. It was his most effortless goal of the night, as he controlled Lucas Vazquez’s cross before firing the ball past Oblak to make it 3-0.
Atletico just had one shot on target and will need to pull off one of the Champions League’s unsurpassed exceptional comeback to prevent double- pursuing Real Madrid from terminating their European dreams for the fourth straight season.