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Poor Leicester Crash; Madrid sides in Semi finals



The fairy tale run of Leicester City came to conclusion Tuesday night after it forced a 1-1 draw at home with Atletico Madrid thus crashing out 1-2 on aggregate. Jamie Vardy had initially raised hope when he cancelled the initial one goal lead of Atletico Madrid.

But efforts to level up on aggregate failed as they will still require additional two goals to eliminate Atletico.

It was indeed a splendid night for La Liga as fellow Spanish and city mates, Real Madrid, also made it to the semi-finals after a gritty duel with Bayern Munich ended in 6-3 aggregate score. Global star of the moment, Cristiano Ronaldo scored hat-trick that has taken his European goal haul to 103.

Two of the goals came in the extra time when regulation time scores had been deadlocked at 3-3. Real Madrid that had won the first leg 2-1 away last week suddenly found themselves trailing 0-1 at home as a 53rd penalty kick was converted by Robert Lewandowski.

Madrid had t struggle for the next 23 minutes before Ronaldo’s goal brought a short-lived succour. Barely two minutes later, Sergio Ramos scored an own goal that gave the visitors a 2-1 lead and a 3-3 aggregate score line.


Then the magical Ronaldo unveiled his wands as the game got into extra time. Within a space of five minutes, he scored two goals to achieve a hat-trick while Marco Asensio wrapped the game up two minutes after Ronaldo achieved his hat-trick.

Thus, five of the six quarter finals goals of Real Madrid had been scored by Ronaldo.

The other Madrid side, Atletico shot ahead in the game with Leicester as an unmarked Saul Niguez got the lead and a decisive goal that stretched lead to two goals. Jamie Vardy later equalized, but it proved not enough.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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