Uefa champions league
Quarter final; 2nd Leg
REAL MADRID VS WOLFSBURG
Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show of the night as his hat trick didn’t only sink Wolfsburg for his team to qualify to the semifinals but it also sets two new records for the Portuguese.
The hat-trick was his third (Malmo ff), (Shaktar Donetsk), (Wolfsburg) in the competition this season – no other player can match that – nor can anyone else say they have scored 15 or more goals in the Champions League in two different campaigns.
Real Madrid have now qualified for six straight semifinals in the competition after Jose Mourinho broke the jinx in 2011 for Madrid not being able to go pass the round of 16 in many years.
Zinedine Zidane’s men trailed following a shock 2-0 defeat in Germany but Ronaldo struck three times to pull Madrid through
Wolfsburg threw away their 2 goal lead in just the 16th and 17th minute when Ronaldo capitalized on defensive blunder to tap in a cool finish for his first goal and a minute later scored a header from a Toni Kross corner kick. Wolfsburg posed some threat and looked like pulling a goal back on several occasions but in the 77th minute the goal machine ended Wolfsburg dream of a semifinal with a superb Free kick just over the Wolfsburg human wall. It ended 3-2 on Aggregate in favor of Los Blancos.
MANCHESTER CITY VS PARIS SAINT GERMAIN
Kevin De Bruyne’s strike was enough for Manchester city to make history by qualifying for their first ever semifinal in the competition and Manuel pellegrini also makes a personal best for himself after leading least ranked teams like Villareal and Malaga to a semifinal and now Manchester city.
It all looked bright for PSG as they took the game to Man city from the moment the referee blew his whistle; they gave the home side a torrid moments for the first 25 minutes and could do nothing any longer. Sergio Aguero missed a spot kick after Kevin Trapp had fouled him in the penalty box, the game looked balanced afterwards, PSG scored 2 goals but they were all ruled offside.
Zlatan Ibrahimovics woes continued in the champion’s league after he had only managed to score 10 goals in 44 matches in a champions league knock out stage. He couldn’t replicate his form in the Ligue 1 to sail his team through. He’s one of the few players who have won many league titles in different countries with Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Ac Milan and PSG. The decorated striker is only short of a champion’s league medal and looks to close the chapter on his career with PSG at the end of the season. The results means PSG have been eliminated at this stage on 4 straight seasons, against Chelsea, Barcelona 2x and Man city with Laurent Blanc and Carlo Ancelotti in charge. The game ended on 3-2 aggregate for the Sky blues.