Real Madrid progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League yet again, this time at the expense of Bayern Munich, but did so under hugely controversial circumstances. A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick was enough to down Carlo Ancelotti's men but a frenetic tie was ultimately decided by a wrongful red card shown to Arturo Vidal and the fact that two of Los Blancos' goals were offside. Here are five things we learned from one of the most enthralling ties in recent memory... Despite one of the...
Video Technology Must Be a Priority After Latest Farce
Despite one of the most entertaining ties in years, all the talk will be about the litter of controversial decisions that will leave a sour taste in the mouths of Bayern fans and neutrals.
Two offside goals, both scored by Ronaldo, and an incorrect second yellow card for Vidal left the German giants without a hope of qualification.
The offside goals in particular are things which can be easily solved with video technology and it simply must be introduced so that another fantastically competitive game of such magnitude is not decided by incorrect decisions.
Cristiano Ronaldo Is Still the Man for the Big Occasion
It just had to be him didn't it. No one can fault the Portuguese goal scoring machine, he was not to know that two of his goals were offside, and when Madrid needed him most, he delivered as always.
In general, Ronaldo actually had a rather below-par game, but as a goal threat, no one in European football is close to matching his fearsome prowess in the box.
Amazingly, it is the second consecutive season which he has scored a hat-trick at this stage, last year it came against Wolfsburg when Los Blancos were 2-0 down on aggregate. 103 European goals and counting for a truly enigmatic and decisive superstar.
Mats Hummels Was the Real Miss in the First Leg
Much of the talk focused on Robert Lewandowski's absence in the first leg but, aside from his coolly taken penalty, the Polish striker played a fairly peripheral role at the Bernabeu.
The same cannot be said for Hummels who was a defensive colossus for Bayern, blocking every shot that came his way and heightening their aerial security from set pieces.
Sadly, he and Jerome Boateng could do nothing against the numerical disadvantage in the end but both Germans can hold their heads up high after stellar performances in the Spanish capital.
Marcelo Cements His Status as the Complete Full-Back
Ronaldo may have claimed yet another hat-trick but the finest player on the pitch was Marcelo. The Brazilian patrolled the left-hand side like a man possessed and most of Madrid's attacking play came through his endeavour.
To top off a fantastic display, the former Fluminese man burst through a weary Bayern midfield in extra time to put Ronaldo's third on a plate for him.
Even defensively, Marcelo excelled, something he is not renowned for, and after this tie, many will start to question whether the Madrid star is the finest full-back in the world.
Xabi Alonso Has Chosen the Right Time to Retire
Despite still playing at a relatively high level, it was noticeable that Alonso was not the same midfield force he once was.
Too many times he was sloppy in possession and lacked the cutting-edge vision that made him one of the finest in the business.
He is still a hugely competent cog in this Bayern machine, but it is clear that he wants to bow out before his declining status becomes too obvious to the naked eye. A true legend of the game and one that has chosen the correct time to hang up his boots.