Cristiano Ronaldo scored a controversial hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s thrilling quarterfinal second leg.
The holders surged through 6-3 on aggregate at an exhilarated Santiago Bernabeu to take their place in Friday’s semifinal draw for a record seventh consecutive year.
But Real were pushed all the way by Bayern, who battled back from a 2-1 first-leg deficit to send the tie into extra time thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and an own goal from Sergio Ramos.
However, after Arturo Vidal was sent off, Ronaldo hit the century mark in Europe’s top club competition on 104 minutes and completed his hat-trick five minutes later.
Bayern were left incensed, though, as Ronaldo’s second and third goals were clearly offside.
Marco Asensio gave a night of high-class action the finale it deserved with a sensational solo goal to rub salt in Bayern wounds.
“The (red) card for Arturo wasn’t a card and then the two goals from Cristiano are offside so clearly we are not happy,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.
“In a quarterfinal you have to put a better referee, or it is the moment to introduce video refereeing, which is what UEFA are trying because there are too many errors.”
The German champions had been beaten on their previous four trips to Spain without even scoring a goal.
However, knowing they needed at least two to progress, Ancelotti’s men started on the front foot and were left to rue a huge opportunity just eight minutes in.
Elsewhere Atletico Madrid ended Leicester City fairy tale following a 1-1 quarterfinal draw at home to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.
Seeking to overturn a 1-0 first-leg deficit, Leicester fell further behind to Saul Niguez’s first-half header, before Jamie Vardy’s 61st-minute strike gave them hope.
But despite heavy Leicester pressure and furious noise inside the King Power Stadium, Atletico completed a 2-1 aggregate win to reach the semifinals for the third time in four seasons.