Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real Madrid into semis

    Story highlights

    • Real Madrid wins 3-2 on aggregate)
    • Cristiano Ronaldo scores hat-trick
    • Madrid seeking 11th European title
    • Man City in semis for first time

    (CNN)Big players rise to the big occasions -- and when they needed him he delivered.

    Cristiano Ronaldo fired a stunning hat-trick to pull Real Madrid back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Wolfsburg and into the Champions League semifinals.
      The Portugal striker scored twice within 88 seconds in the first half and added a late freekick in a 3-0 victory at the Bernabeu to keep alive Real's hopes of an 11th success in Europe's top club competition.
        Manchester City beat Paris St. Germain 1-0 with a goal from Kevin de Bruyne at Etihad Stadium to win 3-2 on aggregate and reach its first Champions League semifinal.
        Spanish giant Real Madrid was teetering on the brink of a Champions League exit after the first-leg shock in Germany, but an inspired Ronaldo wiped out the deficit in two devastating first-half minutes to close to within two matches of a second final appearance in three years.
        The 31-year-old struck from Dani Carvajal's cross on 16 minutes, and 88 seconds later rose high into the Madrid sky to direct a glancing header into the net off a corner from the left.
        Ronaldo scored twice within two minutes, the second a glancing header into the far corner.

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