Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the day turned out to be the man for the enormous event as his cap trap gave holders Real Madrid a telling 3-0 advantage in their Champions League semi-Finals against city rivals Atletico Madrid.
The four-time Ballon d’Or victor has apparently spared his best for Europe’s chief rivalry this season, scoring five of Madrid’s six objectives in their throbbing quarter-last triumph over Bayern Munich, and he headed the opener following 10 minutes at an unruly Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid’s fans divulged a tremendous pennant commending the 2014 and 2016 last triumphs over their neighbors before commence and Ronaldo guaranteed the blade edge pressure of those additional time and punishment shootout wins would be expelled from this tie.
The challenge fell into a naturally irritable and cagey mood after the interim; however Madrid’s charm interceded to render the last European match at the Vicente Calderon a convention.
Ronaldo rifled a relentless shot into the top corner in the 73rd moment and asserted the matchball four minutes from time, which means an inauspicious index of hopelessness in this European installation preceded for Diego Simeone’s side.
The hosts ought to have driven in the seventh moment. Appropriate back Dani Carvajal traded goes with Isco and shot into the crate, compelling a spare from Jan Oblak before Karim Benzema was not able hand over from short proximity.
It mattered little as Madrid made short work of Atletico’s broadly wretchedness rearguard soon a while later. Sergio Ramos’ underlying cross was cleared by Diego Godin, yet Casemiro rattled the free ball into the turf and back towards the six-yard box, where Ronaldo stole before Stefan Savic to head home.
Atletico were shaken and required a fine spare from Oblak in the sixteenth moment after Raphael Varane looked Toni Kroos’ corner low to the goalkeeper’s cleared out. Oblak’s inverse number Keylor Navas was out forcefully to upset Kevin Gameiro, with the Atletico forward’s endeavor to round him lacking conviction.
Madrid kept on making the greater part of the running – Benzema snaring an overhead kick past the crossbar in the 29th moment after Ronaldo tormented Atletico’s alternative ideal back Lucas Hernandez to send in the cross.
Carvajal cut down Yannick Carrasco at the flip side, giving Antoine Griezmann the chance to flight a great free-kick into the Madrid box that an extending Godin volleyed over.
A profoundly agreeable half for Madrid finished with two or three their players in the wars – Casemiro left with a bloodied lip in the wake of shielding a 40th-minute corner before Carvajal limped off with a clear hamstring damage in stoppage time.
The second half continued at an undulating pace, with Isco and Saul Niguez acquiring appointments for ungainly fouls on Hernandez and Carvajal’s substitution Nacho individually, however both group battled for accuracy with the last ball as the event weighed intensely.
Isco was a touch lucky to get away from a moment booking when he got Koke late – a ion Atletico supervisor Simeone made in enlivened form on the touchline – and Zinedine Zidane reacted by sending on Marco Asensio set up of the Spain playmaker.
It was a change that wedded itself to growing strain inside the Bernabeu until Ronaldo volunteered oust the nervousness. Benzema did well to hold up a Marcelo cross, however Ronaldo still had bounty to do with a ricocheting ball and Filipe Luis in close participation.
He steadied himself to tear a venomous strike past the vulnerable Oblak and leave Atletico gazing at a biting, limited brand of European dissatisfaction yet again – one made all the more strong when substitute Lucas Vazquez set up Ronaldo for his seventh Champions Association treble.