CL round-up: Ronaldo treble sees off Bayern, Atletico edge brave Leicester

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to place in the Champions League semi-finals as they beat Bayern Munich 4-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu, giving them a 6-3 aggregate win over the German giants.

Real are now 13/8 favourites to go on and retain the trophy they won last year.

After a goalless first period in the Spanish capital Bayern went ahead just after the break with Robert Lewandowski firing home from the penalty spot.

With 14-minutes left – Ronaldo levelled on the night to put Real ahead on aggregate as he headed home Casemiro’s cross.

However, Bayern reacted and were ahead again just moments later as Real captain Sergio Ramos – on his 100th Champions League appearance – deflected the ball home as he tried in vein to keep it from going in.

The German side were now level on aggregate and the match went into extra time, but that was only after Arturo Vidal was sent-off for a second yellow card.

Into added time and Ronaldo made it 2-2 on the night as he chested down a Ramos cross before beating Manuel Neuer.

Not long into the second period and Ronaldo put the game beyond Germany as he converted from close-range after a great run by Marcelo to seal his treble.

Substitute Marco Asensio completed the scoring with a brilliant solo run and finish to seal Real’s place in the last four and maintaining their hopes of being the first ever team to retain the Champions League crown.

Leicester City bowed of the Champions League after a brave effort against Atletico Madrid following a 1-1 draw at The King Power Stadium, which meant they go out 2-1 on aggregate.

The visitors took the lead in the first-half with Saul Niguez heading home a Filipe Luis cross.

But Leicester responded well and levelled on the hour with England striker Jamie Vardy guiding the ball home.

Leicester pushed on looking for the second, but Atletico held on to claim their place in the last four.

Atletico’s odds on winning the trophy are now cut to 3/1.


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