Ronaldo hat-trick fires Real into semis
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to become the first man to reach 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid overcame 10-man Bayern Munich 4-2 after extra time in Tuesday’s quarter-final second leg to advance 6-3 on aggregate.
The holders will be in Friday’s semi-final draw for a record seventh consecutive year.
But they were pushed all the way by Bayern, who overcame a 2-1 first-leg deficit to send the tie into extra time thanks to Robert Lewandowski’s penalty and an own goal from Sergio Ramos.
However, after Arturo Vidal was sent off, Ronaldo hit the century mark in Europe’s top club competition on 105 minutes before then completing his hat-trick.
And Marco Asensio gave a night of high-class action the finale it deserved with a sensational solo goal to rub salt in Bayern wounds.
Okumbi’s trialists fail to sparkle in Malawi draw
Stanley Okumbi’s new Harambee Stars boys failed to shine as the national football team to represent Kenya in next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) was held to a goalless draw by Malawi in a friendly match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday, watched by new CAF president Ahmad Ahmad.
It wasn’t the best of matches for Harambee Stars as Okumbi picked his sixth draw in 13 matches in charge of the team.
In his starting team, the coach paraded four uncapped players with Kariobangi Sharks left back Bolton Omwenga getting the nod to start as well as Bandari’s Darius Msagha who started on the offensive right, AFC Leopards’ Duncan Otieno who paired Victor Majid in midfield and Western Stima’s Kennedy Otieno up in attack.
It was the home side who had the better chances in the opening 45 minutes with Samuel Onyango and Otieno having the most open.
Leicester Champions League fairytale comes to an end
Leicester City’s Champions League adventure ended in disappointment at the quarter-final stage despite a spirited second-leg display against Atletico Madrid.
The Foxes dominated for much of the game at the King Power Stadium, creating numerous chances throughout, but were left with too much to do after Saul Niguez’s 26th-minute header added to Atletico’s one-goal advantage from the first leg in Madrid.
Needing three second half goals, Leicester responded with splendid defiance and equalised on the night when Jamie Vardy scored at the far post just after the hour.
They kept battling until the end as Atletico survived several scrambles, but the La Liga superpower held on and the Premier League’s interest in the tournament ended.
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