Real Madrid and Juventus have both put a foot firmly in the UEFA Champions League Final following their convincing victories in the semi-finals.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Real Madrid’s semi-final against Atlético Madrid, as his side won their match 3-0. The mercurial Portuguese forward scored a goal in the first-half, before capping off his fine performance with two goals late in the second-half.
Atlético only had one shot on target and will need to mirror Barcelona’s comeback against Paris Saint-Germain to stop Real Madrid from ending their European dreams for the fourth straight season.
Meanwhile, Gonzalo Higuaín scored a match winning brace to help Juventus ease through their semi-final clash against Monaco 2-0. The Argentine striker scored a goal in each half to put his side in a commanding position ahead of the return leg.
However it wasn’t an easy ride for the visitors as they had to withstand considerable pressure from their free scoring French opponent’s as veteran goal keeper Gianluigi Buffon had to make a number of crucial saves to deny Kylian Mbappé and Radamel Falcao from scoring.
The return legs will be played next week on Tuesday 9 May and Wednesday 10 May. Monaco will now have to travel to Italy on Tuesday knowing they have to score at least 3 clear goals without response from Juventusn order to progress to the final.
Atlético on the other hand, have a more difficult task ahead of them, as they need to beat Real Madrid by 4 clear goals. The Champions league final will be played on Saturday 3 June at Cardiff.