Defence fails, leaves Atletico Madrid far from CL final

If - and these are valid assumptions; Cristiano Ronaldo leads Real Madrid to a successful defence of the Champions League [getting through the second leg and the final] - something that has not been done since the tournament metamorphosed in 1992.

However, at the other end, Keylor Navas rescued Real from conceding a vital away goal when he got a touch on the ball as Kevin Gameiro tried to round him when clean through on goal.

"I don't know whether it's all down to him being rested".

Star-man Cristiano Ronaldo put on a finishing masterclass, scoring a hat trick on the night.

The Portuguese scored an incredible triple against Real's rivals earlier this week, giving his side an advantage going into next week's second leg of their UCL semi-final. Ronaldo believed he had reached the milestone against Atletico, reports the Daily Mail. "It's something special", Ronaldo said.

"It is a lot of goals and I didn't expect it". Six successful matches and you are nearly sure that next January, Ronaldo would win his fifth Ballon d'Or - equalling Lionel Messi's record. "That Champions League anthem has become his signature tune, his starting pistol, the soundtrack to his glittering career".

Nonetheless, Madrid president Florentino Perez presented Ronaldo with a shirt to mark the accomplishment, one which has delighted the Portugal worldwide, who is seemingly in no doubt he has reached the 400 mark. He is the only player to have broken the 100-goal mark.

"The squad is the key to our success, having substitutes that always make their presence felt and play as well as those of us who play more often", Ramos told reporters.

Madrid played a near ideal game in the first half.

The site has also crunched the numbers to reveal that "twenty of his goals have come against German clubs, his most versus any clubs from a single country".

A 24th-minute penalty brought Messi his 200th Barca goal and he then scored in stoppage time in either half, with Cesc Fabregas also on target. We produced a great display and it was far from easy to go out and score three goals tonight (Tuesday night). Zinedine Zidane was outfoxed by Diego Simeone during their last meeting at the Bernabeau, when a late goal from Antoine Griezmann stole two vital points from Real, splitting the La Liga title race wide open.

  • Julie Sanders