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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Hat Trick Lifts Real Madrid

May 02, 2017 - The New York Times

MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to lead host Real Madrid to a commanding 3-0 win over Atlético Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

Ronaldo scored on a header in the 10th minute, on a strike into the top corner in the 73rd, and on a close-range shot in the 86th to give Real Madrid, the defending champions, a comfortable lead headed into next week’s second leg at Atlético’s Vicente Calderón Stadium.

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