Sport: Ronaldo hat trick carries Real Madrid in semifinal first leg

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 15:30

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick in his second straight Champions League game as Real Madrid swept aside city rivals Atletico 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their semifinal on Tuesday night.

Ronaldo had taken his tally of European goals to 100 in the quarterfinal win over Bayern Munich, which included a second-leg treble, and was once more the man for the big occasion to put the holders within touching distance of the final again.

Real Madrid dominated the early proceedings, outshooting the visitors 11-0 in the opening half-hour as Ronaldo headed home in the 10th minute, before he lashed home a second midway through the second half and completed his treble five minutes from time.

Ronaldo became the first player to record three career hat tricks in the Champions League knockout stage, while he also went level with Lionel Messi with his seventh treble in the competition as a whole.