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So, for now, Ronaldo officially remains on 399 goals for Real Madrid.

Tests carried out by the club have now confirmed the extent of the injury, described as a "grade 2 tear" on the Real Madrid website. Atletico are a very fine, strong side and it's not by chance that they're in the semi-finals.

Liverpool are once again strongly linked to Theo Hernandez, on loan at Alaves from Atletico Madrid, this time by Thursday's edition of Mundo Deportivo.

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"We're going to try and do something practically impossible next week", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

"The team was unbelievable, it was a complete match", said Ronaldo, who reached the 400-goal milestone in his 389th game with Madrid. He had scored five in the two legs of the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich, including a hat trick in the second leg at the Bernabeu.

As they often do against quality opposition, Atletico's plan to sit deep and press effectively unraveled as early as the 10th minute, when Ronaldo gave the home side an early lead, nodding in Casemiro's cross after Atletico had failed to clear Sergio Ramos's initial ball in.

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The past three seasons have seen Atletico fall by the narrowest of margins due to late goals and via a penalty shootout in last year's final.

Ronaldo has now scored more goals in Champions League knockout games (52) than in group stage fixtures (51), while he now has 103 Champions League goals, which is more than Atleti's total as a club (100). And on Tuesday, he faces the team he once wanted to join - this time in the semi-finals of the European club competition - with very different feelings about the famous white shirt nowadays. The Spanish attacking midfielder justified his selection, connecting Real's midfield and attack and not misplacing any of his 42 passes in the first half. He finished with more than 50 in each of the last six seasons with Madrid.

"Real" fear, and a great statistics Atletico in away matches outside the Vicente calderón "Plans" don't lose 15 matches in a row. Simeone's team had kept nine clean sheets in its last 13 games in all competitions, conceding only four goals.

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