Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo




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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular overhead kick as Real Madrid took firm control of their Champions League quarter-final against Juventus with a 3-0 first-leg win in Turin on Tuesday.

Ronaldo finished from Isco’s cross in the third minute to score in a record-breaking 10th consecutive Champions League match.

But better was to follow as the 33-year-old earned a standing ovation from the home fans with a memorable strike in the 64th minute.

Juventus: Buffon (5), De Sciglio (5), Barzagli (5), Chiellini (4), Asamoah (5), Khedira (5), Bentancur (5), Douglas Costa (5), Dybala (3), Alex Sandro (5), Higuain (4)

Subs: Matuidi (5), Mandzukic (5), Cuadrado (5)

Real Madrid: Navas (6), Carvajal (7), Ramos (6), Varane (7), Marcelo (8), Casemiro (7), Kroos (7), Modric (7), Isco (7), Ronaldo (9), Benzema (6)

Subs: Vazquez (6), Asensio (5), Kovacic (5)

Man of the match: Cristiano Ronaldo

Paulo Dybala was sent off shortly afterwards for a second booking and Marcelo then bolstered Real’s lead ahead of the second leg next Wednesday when he made it 3-0.

The game, though, will be remembered for Ronaldo’s moment of brilliance, which was his 22nd goal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and one of the finest goals of his career.

Ronaldo was applauded by the Juventus fans
Ronaldo was applauded by the Juventus fans

His first of the night came after just three minutes as Juventus were caught cold, with Isco running into space down the left and crossing for an unmarked Ronaldo to finish from 10 yards out.

The hosts responded well to the early setback and Rodrigo Bentancur saw a shot blocked, Gonzalo Higuain shot at Keylor Navas from close range and Giorgio Chiellini miscued a header from a corner.

Real’s best opportunity to double their lead in the first half was in the 36th minute when Toni Kroos hit the bar with a shot from outside the box.

The Serie A side continued to look threatening after the break and Dybala saw a free-kick deflect narrowly wide.

However, Ronaldo’s moment of magic and then Dybala’s red card swung the tie firmly in Real Madrid’s favour.

Even the Juventus fans were on their feet and applauding after Ronaldo flung himself in the air and scored with a superb overhead kick.

Ronaldo and Casemiro celebrate after Real Madrid's opener
Ronaldo and Casemiro celebrate after Real Madrid’s opener

Those same fans were soon heading for the exits as Dybala was shown a second yellow for catching Dani Carvajal in the air and then Marcelo finished a fine team move to make it 3-0 in the 72 minute.

There could have been more goals as Mateo Kovacic hit the bar and Ronaldo blazed a glorious chance for a hat-trick over in injury-time.

Juan Cuadrado then missed the chance to give Juventus a lifeline when he dragged a fantastic opening wide with the last kick of the match.

Team news

Real Madrid named the same starting XI that played in the Champions League final against Juventus last year. Ronaldo and Isco started while Bale was on the bench.
>br>Juventus made four changes from their win over AC Milan on Saturday, with De Sciglio, Alex Sandro, Bentancur and Douglas Costa starting. Benatia and Pjanic were suspended.

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  • Real Madrid won away against Juventus for the first time since February 1962, ending a run of seven without a win away against the Italian side (D1 L6).
  • This was Juventus’ first defeat when playing at home in the first leg in all European competition since that loss in 1962, ending a run of 61 such games without defeat (W48 D13).
  • Juventus conceded three goals in the home leg of a Champions League knockout tie for the first time since their 1999 semi-final defeat against Manchester United (2-3).
  • It was also the biggest home defeat they’ve suffered in all competitions since moving into their new stadium in September 2011, last losing at home by such a margin in January 2011 (1-4 vs Parma).
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored nine Champions League goals against Juventus – no player has scored more vs a single opponent in the competition (he also has nine vs Bayern Munich, and Lionel Messi has nine vs Arsenal).
  • Ronaldo has been directly involved in 68% of Real Madrid’s 25 goals in the Champions League this season (14 goals, 3 assists).

Man of the match – Cristiano Ronaldo

Twenty-two goals in 19 Champions League quarter-final appearances. Thirty-nine goals in all competitions this season.

It was another night when Ronaldo starred for Real Madrid and moved them a step closer to yet another Champions League final. If he continues to score at this rate it will be tough to stop the defending champions.

What’s next?

Real Madrid host rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, before the second leg against Juventus at the Bernabeu on Wednesday. Juventus will be looking to keep their Serie A title challenge on track when they go to bottom-of-the-table Benevento on Saturday.




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