CR7's hat-trick helps Real Madrid dominate over Atletico Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo is human after all, or so he claims, despite sealing another "special" Champions League night with a hat-trick to put Real Madrid on the verge of the final once more.

All the people that had written Cristiano Ronaldo off will have that eggy thing on their faces.

Simeone's side did not offer their usual fight in the second half as Madrid killed the game off, and perhaps the tie, with Ronaldo, playing in a centre-forward role alongside Benzema, the executioner.

Black Stars midfielder Thomas Partey spent the entire duration of the game on the substitute bench as he watched his side being shredded by the competition record holders.

"You can play good in defence, control midfield but in the end you need a player who will score and he did".

There was no let off three minutes later, though, as Atletico failed to clear a corner and Casemiro's bouncing cross looped up for Ronaldo to power home a header. "Tomorrow we'll turn our attentions to what's an important game on Saturday", the France legend said. "The goals come naturally", Ronaldo said.

Kroos supposedly feels Ronaldo damages the team by putting himself first.

The loss was a continuation of results Atletico have suffered in continental competitions against Real since the European Cup semi-final in 1959, despite coach Diego Simeone's reign bringing more balance to the rivalry.

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Atletico Madrid can not play at the level Real did.

"We have a good advantage, but it is not over yet".

Atletico do have one final, unlikely shot at redemption in next Wednesday's second leg (May 10).

"We need to forget about this game". When it matters most, the great man is always there, and against Atletico Madrid, the Portuguese was at his unstoppable, clinical best, scoring all three goals for Real in a 3-0 first leg victory at the Bernabeu.

"The domination the team showed yesterday on the pitch shows how fresh our players are, we are very motivated and we want to go to the Champions League final".

I talked before the match about what big occasions Champions League semi-finals are - but for Real it looked like a normal game of football.

"It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvellous", said Simeone.

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