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Ronaldo Hat-Trick leaves madrid on the brink of final

Cristiano Ronaldo scored three for the second UEFA Champions League game running to leave the holders firmly in the box seat for a place in the final with a 3-0 victory.

Real were utterly dominant throughout against their city rivals at the Bernabeu and led after 10 minutes when Ronaldo headed home Casemiro's cross.

Cristiano Ronaldo's rich goalscoring form continued, and he upped his tally to eight in three UEFA Champions League outings, as holders Real Madrid took a giant stride towards this season's Cardiff final.

Ronaldo headed in Casemiro's cross on ten minutes and for a while it looked like the hosts would have to settle for that, despite their dominance. But the Portuguese earned breathing space as he lashed in 17 minutes from time, before all but ending Atlético's ambitions with his hat-trick goal on 86 minutes.

It was, perhaps, just what Madrid's supremacy had merited. With Karim Benzema initially in the thick of things, Zinédine Zidane's men held sway throughout against an unusually disjointed Atleti, who were grateful for the alert reflexes of Jan Oblak.

Damage limitation seemed the order of the day, however Ronaldo's late double salvo means Diego Simeone's team need a minor miracle at the Calderón next Wednesday. No side has ever recovered a two-goal first-leg deficit in a UEFA Champions League semi-final – let alone three.

Madrid finally keep clean sheet

Real Madrid had managed just one shut-out in their last 16 games in all competitions and had not produced a clean sheet in this season's tournament – until now. It was a robust, secure defensive display against an Atlético team who pre-match had spoken of the need for an away goal, and they restricted the Rojiblancos to pot-shots that failed to trouble Keylor Navas.

Monaco v Juventus
For the second successive round Juventus's defensive masters come up against one of Europe's most exciting attacks.

From The Coaches

Leonardo Jardim, Monaco's coach says that "Juventus have a winning culture. They are well organised and physical defensively. In attack they are strong and they really only need two chances to score one. They are clinical and very good at set pieces. They are very hard to defend against.

Like Buffon, I think we'll score at the Juventus Stadium. We scored three at Dortmund, three at City and also a couple at Tottenham. Juventus are very different to Dortmund and City, though. Those clubs are more attack-minded and less focused on defence. We'll need to pay attention to transitional phases. We'll also need to move the ball quickly going forward."

What Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri have to say

I hope we'll become the first team to beat Monaco in this stadium in this competition this season. They play very direct football and they're very different from the side we faced two years ago.

Monaco in 2015 were stronger defensively and now they're stronger as an attacking unit. Monaco score a lot of goals, especially at the end of matches. We'll need to produce two big performances.