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Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Champions League: Match report, goals, action

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid in a game that the visitors could simply not get into and one in which they never really troubled Keylor Navas.
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Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid: match report

Cristiano Ronaldo, as he so often does, stole the show at the Santiago Bernabeu with a hat-trick that all but ended Atletico's hopes of making it to a third Champions League final under Diego Simeone's watch.

Atletico were missing their two right-backs and his back-up but it was the overall display that wound up being the talking point for Atletico. They lacked intensity, organisation at times and any coherent strategy for getting the ball into the box. 

Real Madrid sat back and soaked up much of Atletico's attack and pounced like masters of the trade. The game looked beyond Atletico to start when Ronaldo headed home after a mishit Casemiro cross after ten minutes.

Atlético took control but failed to make anything of it

The visiting side grabbed control of it from that point and continued to try and break down Real Madrid. Zidane's side were willing to concede possession at times, safe in the knowledge that Atletico would struggle to hurt them in key areas.

The second half started and it was much of the same. Atletico were desperate for an away goal and Real Madrid knew it. The game threatened to peter out, before Ronalo struck again. 

Ronaldo strikes, and strikes again

Marcelo was out to the left and he played the ball to Benzema. The French striker poked it towards the side's talisman and despite Filipe Luis' best efforts, Ronaldo took control of it and walloped it into the back of the net.

Atletico's nightmare was compounded when Lucas Vazquez went down the line and pulled the ball back before Casemiro elegantly stepped over it, allowing it to roll to an unmarked Ronaldo on the edge of the six-yard box. It was over and done with at that stage and Atletico knew it.

There is still another 90 minutes to go but if Atletico, deflated from three years of Champions League beating at the hands of Real Madrid, can pick themselves up, it will be a Herculean effort. Real Madrid, on the other hand, have the chance to rest some of their starters and play the "B" team, who are just as dangerous as the "A" team in causing havoc.


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