Real, Atletico through to champions league last four

Ebun Francis with agency || Two Madrid teams, Real and Atletico Tuesday night booked places in the semi-finals of this year UEFA champions league by beating Bayern Munich of Germany and Leicester of England respectively.

Needing to score at least twice to go through after a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the quarter-final tie, Bayern struck the first blow on Tuesday night with a Robert Lewandowski penalty shortly after half-time.

Sergio Ramos’ own goal sent the game into extra-time after Ronaldo – who became the first player to reach 100 Champions League goals – had levelled on the night for Real.

The turning point, though, was when Arturo Vidal received a second yellow card late on to leave Bayern a man light, and Ronaldo capitalised with two more goals, the first of which was scored from an offside position, before substitute Marco Asensio completed the scoring with a fourth for Real.

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The Spanish giants now head into the final four of the competition, their seventh straight semi-final.

Leicester hope of playing in the semi-final ended after they played out a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium.

Saul Niguez’s first-half header was cancelled out by Jamie Vardy’s 61st-minute goal, but despite laying siege to the opposition goal in the closing stages, the Premier League champions were eliminated 2-1 on aggregate.

They always faced an uphill task as they sought to overturn the 1-0 defeat suffered in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon last week with Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty in that game ultimately proving the decisive moment in the tie.