Ronaldo in a league of his own - Zidane

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"Barcelona's Pique has always been vocal about his dislike of Real Madrid and the Spanish centre-back didn't hold back last night as well when he tweeted "." after Cristiano Ronaldo scored an offside goal against Bayern Munich.

Bayern were victim of two harsh calls, as midfielder Arturo Vidal saw red, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored an effort which appeared offside.

The Spanish side had won the initial leg 2-1, allowing them to bring the advantage of two away goals into their home leg.

Much like the first leg six days ago though, Madrid weathered the early storm and had plenty of chances to go in front before half-time. "The referee put us out of the Champions League".

However, it was Bayern who took the lead in the second half when Casemiro fouled Robben in the area and Lewandowski dispatched the penalty. "We have been shafted in the truest sense of the word", fumed Rummenigge during the team banquet.

But they had Arturo Vidal sent off with a controversial second booking, eventually losing 4-2 - 6-3 on aggregate - to miss out on the biggest club prize in Europe and have goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ruled out for eight weeks with a broken foot.

Madrid was once again grateful to Ronaldo's killer touch as the four-time World Player of the Year was pivotal in both legs against Bayern.

A freaky Sergio Ramos own-goal forced the extra period after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot and Ronaldo equalized.

Losing any game as a supporter is disappointing, but particularly a Champions League quarter-final tie in which several contentious decisions go against your side.

"I spoke to the referee after the game". And we began to doubt a bit.

"The referee has a very hard job", said Zidane. "And for the people who have helped us in the Bernabeu".

"We're very angry, a game with that much intensity can't be decided by the referee".

"I don't think Real Madrid have any influence on referees". And their own second goal in Madrid may also have been - fractionally.

For Alonso, this farewell was made all the more poignant because it was against Real, the club at which he spent five years of his career - playing his part in helping them reach the 2014 'La Decima'-clinching final in Lisbon.

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