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Centurion Cristiano Ronaldo hails Real Madrid's winning mentality

Ronaldo's hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to overcome Bayern Munich after extra time Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo praised the winning mentality of Real Madrid after his hat-trick helped defeat Bayern Munich 4-2 following extra time at the Bernabeu.

A Robert Lewandowski penalty put Bayern ahead on the night but a diving header from Ronaldo with 14 minutes left looked to have been enough to send the Spanish side through, only for a bizarre own goal from Real captain Sergio Ramos to level things up at 3-3 overall.

Bayern saw midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off for what looked a harsh second caution to go into extra time with just 10 men.

Ronaldo's second goal in the 105th minute saw the forward become the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, while he completed his hat-trick four minutes later - Marco Asensio added the icing on the cake to make it 6-3 on aggregate.

We are just winners. Making six goals against a team like Bayern is not easy and we deserve to move through to the semi-finals.

We played very well, obviously I am very happy to score all three goals, but the team has been great.

We knew we had to play very well because Bayern can score goals from anywhere on the pitch and proved to be an excellent team, but Real Madrid is Real Madrid.

In the first half we had many opportunities and we could score a goal or two, also in the second half too.

Yes, we conceded two goals, but Real Madrid is used to this setback, we won and we are all very happy.

– Ronaldo on Real's website



Former Leicester winger backs Foxes to shock Atletico

Leicester face Atletico Madrid for a place in the Champions League semi-finals Credit: PA

Former Leicester winger Steve Guppy has backed the Foxes to shock Atletico Madrid 20 years on from his own European heartbreak.

The ex-England international believes the class of 2017 can keep their dream alive, ahead of Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Vicente Calderon.

Guppy was part of the last Foxes squad to face Atletico in the UEFA Cup first round in 1997 when Martin O'Neill's men were knocked out 4-1 on aggregate.

They can win, absolutely. Atletico are a very durable side, have a lot of experience in the Champions League, have good players but will be concerned about Leicester's strengths.

What they've achieved is simply phenomenal and they have raised the bar. To win the Premier League shocked the world.

But I'm proud of the time I had at Leicester and proud of the team Martin assembled. We were a really good team and were capable of beating Madrid - and were close to doing it - but this group are also capable of beating Madrid. It's their turn to see if they can do it.

For us there were certainly a few feelings of 'if only' and it could have been a lot different.

But there's a lot of things happening to this Leicester team and the chances are they will never come round again. They have earned the right to be there.

– Steve Guppy told PA

Man City fined by UEFA hours after FA charge accepted

Manchester City hosted Monaco in the round of 16 first leg Credit: PA

Manchester City have been fined 18,000 euros (£15,573) by UEFA for three offences during their Champions League clash with Monaco at the Etihad Stadium last month.

City have been found guilty of charges relating to a pitch invasion, the throwing of objects and a delayed kick-off during the last-16 first leg on February 21, the European governing body has announced.

The development comes on the same day City accepted a charge of misconduct from the Football Association relating to the conduct of their players in last weekend's Premier League game against Liverpool.

Clichy: Man City players to blame for European exit

Gael Clichy was part of the Manchester City side knocked out by Monaco Credit: PA

Gael Clichy insists the fault for Manchester City's Champions League exit lies more with the players than manager Pep Guardiola.

The left-back claims City deviated too much from Guardiola's gameplan as they were beaten 3-1 in Monaco on Wednesday to exit the competition at the last-16 stage on away goals.

Guardiola has been criticised for his determination to build on the 5-3 advantage established in the first leg by attacking rather than looking to sit back.

It was an approach that was understandable given the brittle nature of City's defence but it backfired as Monaco established complete control early on, scoring twice in the opening half-hour.

Left-back Clichy, however, felt it was the players who were to blame for not carrying out instructions.

[Guardiola] never told us to play deep, so of course we have to take responsibility for that.

Since he took over at the club his philosophy is to go forward, to press the team we're playing, to win the ball high up the field and then pass the ball to a player who can be creative and make something happen and we just didn't do it.

Willy [Caballero] made a great save in the first eight minutes and I just felt that first part of the game set the momentum, and it was not for us. We tried to react but they have quality and we suffered.

We came back strongly in the second half and could have killed the game with those three or four chances in 20 minutes but we didn't do it.

It's a big disappointment. When we play like the manager wants we can create problems for any team and if we'd started the game like we did the second half it could have been different.

But we have to look forward to Liverpool (on Sunday) now because the season is not finished. We can win something still this year so we have to believe and finish strongly.

– Gael Clichy
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