Real are almost certainly through to the final for the second time in as many years after Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-leg hattrick against Atletico Madrid.
Atletico’s famed resistance was broken thrice in an action packed match at the Santiago Bernabeu to leave them with a mountain to climb in the second leg.
Ronaldo’s predatory instincts proved impeccable, the forward struck inside the first ten minutes and then landed a stunning one-two in the final quarter hour to put Madrid further ahead in the tie.
Ronaldo could become the first player to finish as top CL scorer in five seasons. (8 goals in his last 3 matches means he’s just one goal behind Messi (11) with a possible two more games to play)