By Williams ‘Bantu’ Irubor
Cristiano Ronaldo praised Real Madrid’s winning mentality after his hat-trick helped them through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 second-leg win over Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg with a shoulder problem, had put the Germans ahead on the night from the penalty spot to level the tie on aggregate following Real’s 2-1 win in Munich, where Ronaldo scored twice.
A diving header from Ronaldo with 14 minutes left looked to have been enough to send the Spanish side through, only for a bizarre own goal from Real captain Sergio Ramos to level things up at 3-3 overall.
Bayern saw midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off for what looked a harsh second caution to go into extra time with just 10 men.
Real made their numerical advantage count as Ronaldo grabbed his second of the match in the 105th minute – which saw the forward become the first player to score 100 Champions League goals – although he appeared to have been offside.
Ronaldo completed his hat-trick four minutes later as he rolled the ball in following a fine run from Marcelo, when he could well have been flagged offside again.
A fourth on the break from substitute Marco Asensio in the 112th minute completed a 6-3 aggregate win for the Spanish league leaders as former Real boss Carlo Ancelotti endured a miserable return to the Bernabeu.