Real Madrid has booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League after recording a 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich in the second leg of their quarter-final at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Ten-man Bayern led 2-1 after 90 minutes to force extra-time after Real Madrid’s success by the same scoreline at the Allianz Arena last week, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s second of the night in the 105th minute effectively decided the tie.
Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick in the second period of extra-time as the Portugal international registered his 100th goal in the Champions League, before substitute Marco Asensio made it 4-2 on the night late on.
Real Madrid’s first opportunity of the match did not arrive until the 24th minute when Marcelo broke down the left before picking out the head of Benzema with a smart cross, but the Frenchman’s effort was wide of the post.
Moments later, the Madrid outfit had another opportunity when Sergio Ramos pounced on a loose ball inside the Bayern box, but Jerome Boateng cleared his fellow centre-back’s effort off the line as it somehow remained goalless at the Bernabeu.
Bayern continued to threaten on the counter-attack in the latter stages of the first period, although it was Real Madrid that looked the team more likely to open the scoring, and only a wonderful block from Hummels prevented Kroos’s close-range effort from causing Neuer all sorts of problems.
A wonderful defensive clearance from Marcelo prevented Robben from sending Bayern ahead early in the second period, but the German champions were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute when Robben went down in the box under a clumsy challenge from Casemiro.
Vidal missed from the spot last week, but Lewandowski made no mistake at the Bernabeu as the returning striker sent the ball past Keylor Navas to send Bayern into a 1-0 lead on the night.
Vidal should have scored a second for the visitors less than two minutes later after being found unmarked inside the Real Madrid box, but the Chilean somehow scooped his effort over the crossbar from close range, before Ribery brought a smart save from the Real Madrid goalkeeper just before the hour.
It was an end-to-end game in the 75th minute as both teams committed players in the final third of the field, and Thomas Muller was next off the Bayern bench as the Germans desperately looked for a second goal.
When Ronaldo headed a Casemiro pass into the Bayern net in the 76th minute, Real Madrid had some insurance in the tie, but Bayern incredibly took a 2-1 lead less than two minutes later when Ramos bizarrely turned into his own net after a mix-up in the home side’s defence.
The tie then turned in Real Madrid’s favour in the 84th minute when Vidal picked up his second yellow card for a late challenge on Asensio, leaving Bayern with 10 men against Los Blancos for the second successive match.
Lewandowski had to be replaced in the 88th minute after putting in a long shift carrying a shoulder problem, and Bayern survived some late pressure from the home side to force an additional 30 minutes.
Bayern could not hold on, however, and Real Madrid scored their second of the night in the 105th minute when Ronaldo collected a sweeping pass from Ramos before firing into the bottom corner. Replays though showed that the Portuguese was in an offside position in what was a bitter pill for the visitors to swallow.
Ronaldo then completed his hat-trick in the 110th minute after tapping a Marcelo cross into the back of the net, before a brilliant individual goal from Asensio two minutes later made it 4-2 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.
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