"Unique" Ronaldo leaves Atletico needing a miracle

Ronaldo was certainly up against tougher opposition but a couple of his goals were regulation tap-ins. It can happen and we have to be ready, pack the midfield and make sure the team is in good shape.

"We have a small advantage, we are a step away from Cardiff and hopefully we can finish it off", added Ronaldo.

Ronaldo's second hat-trick of the season against Atletico took his tally a stunning eight Champions League goals in his last three outings having hit five as Real saw off Bayern Munich 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

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.

Ronaldo was the difference once again, and his hat-trick against Atletico makes him the first player in history to score back to back hat-tricks in the Champions League knockout stages. We also managed to achieve our target of winning and keeping a clean sheet here at home. Victory also kept Real alive to become the first side to retain the Champions League in 27 years. "Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to what's an important game on Saturday".

The reason for the confusion goes back to Jose Mourinho's spell in charge when Madrid beat Real Sociedad 2-1 on September 18, 2010, at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian.

Real shook off the absence of record signing Gareth Bale and an injury to Dani Carvajal in the first half to crush Diego Simeone's usually resilient side, scoring as many goals on Tuesday as Atleti had conceded in their previous seven games.

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"Football is a marvellous game and anything can happen".

Atletico, beaten in last season's final by Real, rarely threatened and now have it all to do at the Vicente Calderon next Wednesday night as they look to produce a dramatic recovery against their rivals, who defeated them in both the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.

"We played a great game", Zidane said after the match.

A superhuman display of goalscoring, this was Ronaldo 3.0, the clinical poacher, at his very best.

"We're content, very happy and we can enjoy it, but we still have a long way to go in the Champions League and LaLiga". The dominance we had on the pitch shows that the players are fresh.

  • Julie Sanders