Cristiano Ronaldo & luck sends Real into UCL semis
Ronaldo scores a hat-trick to give Real Madrid a a 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich (agg 6-3).
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace against Bayern Munich in the first leg saw him reach 100 goals in Champions League, the first player in the world to do so. With Real 2-1 up, Bayern needed to score two goals more than Real in their return leg. But with a Ronaldo on form and a couple of controversial decisions, it was not to be for Bayern.
Los Blancos had a difficult first half with a nil all result against a stacked Bayern side with the likes of Lewandowski, Robben, Neuer, Ribery, and Boateng. Clearly Bayern needed a good second half if they wished to progress to the semis.
After the break, Lewandowski scored first from a penalty. Bayern were now level with Real on aggregate and had a good chance to win this. Ronaldo shattered that when he struck his first with a header across goal toward the far post. Bayern responded seconds later when Sergio Ramos scored an own goal putting the teams level again and forcing extra time. Then Ronaldo scored his second and later tapped in his third after a brilliant run and assist from Marcelo. Asensio scored Real’s fourth goal when he struck into the bottom corner.
It was a controversial win however. Ronaldo’s second goal was clearly offside and Vidal was booked in the 84th minute when shown his second yellow from what looked to be a clean sliding tackle. But depending on who you talk to, others say there were four huge mistakes in the match and believe this is one of the greatest robberies in football. They argue that:
1. Lewandowski was actually on-side from a disallowed goal;
2. Vidal shouldn’t have been sent off;
3. There should have been a red card for Casemiro;
4. Ronaldo scored two offside goals.
Regardless of whether there were two, four, or five game changing referee errors, Real take the win. Whether the ref was biased or not, matches like this make the case for Video Assistant Referees and other technology during matches.