Ronaldo returns to torment Manchester United
Real Madrid's Champions League victory in the last 16 second-leg clash saw them progess 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Victory – which an uncharacteristically humble Real manager Jose Mourinho said was undeserved – was gained against a United side reduced to 10 men with over half-an-hour to go when Nani was given a straight red card for a high tackle on Alvaro Arbeloa.
Defeat leaves the distinct likelihood of there not being a British club in the last eight for the first time since 1996 as both Arsenal and Celtic face overhauling 3-1 and 3-0 deficits respectively on trips to Bayern Munich and Juventus.
The night's other match was a much more clear-cut affair as Germany's champions Borussia Dortmund eased to a 3-0 win over Ukrain's Shakhtar Donetsk to book a last-eight spot for the first time in 15 years when, as holders, they reached the semi-finals and were beaten by Real.
Real grabbed their two goals after going behind to a Sergio Ramos own goal and Nani's sending off as Luka Modric scored with a beautiful effort and then Ronaldo nipped in to add the second.
'We didn't deserve to win'
It all left Mourinho, who already took Porto and Inter Milan to Champions League glory, underwhelmed by his side's performance.
"The best team lost, independent of the sending off," Mourinho told ITV. "We didn't deserve to win and didn't play well."
United had broken the deadlock early in the second-half as Nani's low cross was met by Danny Welbeck and his shot deflected off Real skipper Ramos and into the net.
But Nani's contribution was to be brought to an abrupt and dramatic end when referee Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey showed a straight red card at the Portugal winger after he went in with his studs showing on Alvaro Arbeloa.
It prompted furious protests from the players and Alex Ferguson, who shoved one member of his staff aside to descend the steps and remonstrate with the fourth official.
Mourinho removed Arbeloa almost instantly and sent on the attacking talent of Modric to try to force home the one-man advantage and it paid off within minutes.
Modric unleashed a superb curling effort from well outside the area that beat the diving David de Gea and three minutes later the whole game was turned around as Gonzalo Higuain slid a delightful low cross to the far post and Ronaldo was on hand to tap it into the net.
Dortmund, who topped their first stage group, which also included Real, took an early grip on the match as Felipe Santana rose magnificently in the 31st minute and placed his header inside the top right hand corner.
Dortmund put it all but beyond Shakhtar's reach six minutes later as Robert Lewandowski picked out Mario Goetze.
Despite there being three defenders going for the ball his cross eluded two of them and the 20-year-old's neat side-footed volley went into the far corner with a slight deflection off the third defender.
Donetsk started the second-half much brighter but failed to take two chances and the hosts extinguished all hope in the 59th minute as Donetsk goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov spilled the ball and Poland's international Jakub Blaszczykowski pounced to put it in the back of the net. – AFP