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Monday 24 July 2017

Ronaldo warns against complacency

Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has warned against complacency after his hat-trick put Real Madrid on course for a third Champions League final in four years.

The Portugal forward's treble against city rivals Atletico on Tuesday night earned Zinedine Zidane's men a 3-0 first-leg advantage to take to the Vicente Calderon.

"The team did a tremendous job. We were outstanding," he said.

"It was a complete performance and we performed very well right from the first whistle to the last."

Ronaldo and Real claimed after the match that the 32-year-old had moved on to 400 goals for the club, although official records say 399. The disputed goal relates to a 2010 strike which flicked off Pepe and has been credited to the defender.

Whatever the tally from his 389 games, Ronaldo insisted the semi-final tie was far from over ahead of next Wednesday's second leg.

"I'm very happy to have struck a hat-trick and made it 400 goals for Real Madrid," he said. "We've now got a good lead, but there's still the return leg to come and the tie isn't over yet.

"Atletico are a very fine, strong side and it's not by chance that they're in the semi-finals. We'll have to be focused for next Wednesday's game."

Atletico midfielder Koke promised Los Rojiblancos will not give up.

"We know there is a second leg," he said. "We look forward to being in this final. We're going to fight and give our all in the second leg."

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