Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: When Cristiano Ronaldo Scored a Champions League Hat Trick in 2017 QF

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: When Cristiano Ronaldo Scored a Champions League Hat Trick in 2017 QF

Joel Reyes
April 18, 2024 at 4:20 AM
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  • Real Madrid and Bayern Munich set up a Champions League semis clash on Wednesday
  • The two powerhouse teams have faced each other 26 times in the European Cup
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Bayern in the 2017 UCL quarter-finals

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It's Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League again.

The two powerhouse teams arranged a mouth-watering semi-final showdown after they recorded wins over Premier League clubs Manchester City and Arsenal in the quarters on Wednesday night.

It's only fitting that they booked that semis clash exactly seven years after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for Real against Bayern in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates during Real Madrid's second-leg clash with Bayern Munich in the 2016-17 Champions League quarter-finals. Image: Power Sport Images.
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Sports Brief looks back at the Portuguese star's historic feat in 2017.

Ronaldo's Champions League hat-trick vs. Bayern

Real Madrid headed into their second-leg clash against Bayern Munich in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with momentum on their side.

The Spanish giants recorded a 2-1 win over Bayern in the first leg at Allianz Arena, with Ronaldo inspiring the come-from-behind victory.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Bayern with a strike in the 25th minute. They weren't able to hold on to that advantage, with Ronaldo scoring a brace in the second half to give Real two vital away goals.

That didn't faze Bayern, who launched a furious fightback in the return leg at the Bernabeu. Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty in the 53rd minute.

Ronaldo responded with a close-range strike in the 76th minute, scoring a header from a Casemiro assist. Real's joy was short-lived, though, as Sergio Ramos scored an own goal a couple of minutes later to send the match into extra time.

Those added minutes, however, helped Ronaldo create more history. He scored his second goal of the night in the 105th minute, brilliantly bringing down Sergio Ramos' pass before firing the go-ahead strike.

The goal proved to be controversial, though, as Ronaldo looked to be offside before scoring, per Bleacher Report.

He completed his hat-trick in the 110th minute, scoring off an assist from Marcelo, who made a brilliant solo run.

That goal was also questioned by some, with the Portuguese star appearing to be offside again when Marcelo made the pass.

Ronaldo made history with that treble, becoming the first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League.

UEFA Champions League semi-finalists

Sports Brief recently reported on this year's Champions League semi-finalists.

Apart from Real and Bayern, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain also reached the last 4.

Dortmund beat Atletico in the quarters, while PSG edged past Barcelona in their last-8 clash.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.