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Hat-trick hero Ronaldo first to 100 Champions League goals

Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid, Spain | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo made history by becoming the first player to reach 100 Champions League goals as he scored a hat-trick in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

The Portugal star, who racked up a century of goals in Europe in the first leg, headed in his first of the game on 76 minutes before firing Real back ahead in the tie on 105 minutes.

Ronaldo struck his third goal five minutes later to all but secure Real’s place in the semi-finals.

He has now scored 85 goals in 85 appearances in the Champions League for Madrid.

He also netted 15 in the competition and one in a qualifier for Manchester United prior to moving to the Spanish capital in 2009.

Tuesday’s treble extended Ronaldo’s lead over Barcelona rival Lionel Messi as the top scorer in Champions League history.

Messi has 94, 11 of which have come in this season as the competition’s top scorer.

However, the Argentine is unlikely to have many more opportunities to add to that tally this season after Barcelona were thrashed 3-0 by Juventus in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

We gave it our all, says Leicester’s Vardy

Jamie Vardy said Leicester City would depart the Champions League with their heads held high after falling to Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals following a 1-1 second-leg draw on Tuesday.

Vardy’s 61st-minute strike gave Leicester hope, but Saul Niguez’s first-half opener, allied to Antoine Griezmann’s first-leg penalty, took Atletico through with a 2-1 aggregate win.

“We absolutely gave it our all, especially in the second half. They made a lot of blocks on the line,” Vardy told BT Sport at the King Power Stadium.

“We were in the ascendancy. We made a tactical change with Leo (Ulloa) on to give an aerial threat. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. But we gave it our all and left it all out on the pitch.

“On another day, some could have gone in. But we can be proud. From the display you’ve seen, it was a fantastic effort.”

Leicester were making their first appearance in the Champions League following last season’s 5,000-1 title triumph in the Premier League.

 

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