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Yesterday, we were musing about the battle between Ronaldo or Griezmann. Looks like Ronaldo did us proud.

It was a hilarious night for the World Footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo as he broke two records, equaled a record and surpassed his own record.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the semi-final first leg at the Bernabeu Stadium. This victory increased the chances of Real Madrid qualifying for a third final in four years.

Real Madrid showed that they meant business from the blast of the whistle as Ronaldo, who was spectacular on the night, put his team in front after he headed Casemiro’s cross into the net as early as the 10th minute.

From that moment, it was obvious that Atletico had no answers to Real Madrid’s attack led by Ronaldo. He added the second and third in the 73rd and 86th minutes. This means the Portuguese star has scored 103 Champions Leagues goals. 

Surprisingly, Atletico, who were out of sort throughout the duration of the match, only had one shot on target and this defeat proves the superiority of their near-neighbours. They will need to pull out the chestnuts of fire to qualify for the Champions League finals.

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Commenting on the superb performance of his team, Zinedine Zidane said: “We played a great game. It is not easy to score three goals tonight. We played a fantastic first 30 minutes, had many chances for a second goal, but we did it in the second half.

“So we can be very happy with the game, the three goals, and above all to keep a clean sheet at home as that is so important in a two-legged tie. I don’t know if it is our best game, but it was a great performance”.

For Diego Simeone, it was a game to forget. He said: “I have told them to rest, recover, and forget this game. Football is marvellous because anything can happen. It’s difficult yes, impossible maybe, but it’s football so we will give every drop of sweat to make it happen.

“They were better than us and we congratulate them for that but now we have to think about the next game. We have a game on Saturday and then we have something that appears impossible but we are Atletico Madrid so maybe, just maybe we are capable of doing it.

“Both teams were imprecise in the first half but they scored first. We had more of the ball in the second half but we did not do enough and we left a lot of space for them to take advantage. I have not given up hope. The wonderful thing about football is that anything can happen”.

The second leg will take place on 10th May at Vicente Calderón Stadium.

Written By Damilola Faustino and Chineze Ogugua

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