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Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid Champions League: match report

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and Marcelo sealed the deal as Real Madrid put one foot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a win over Juventus.
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TUR107. TURÍN (ITALIA), 03/04/2018.- Cristiano Ronaldo (c) de Real Madrid anota el 2-0 contra Juventus hoy, martes 3 de abril de 2018, durante un partido de los cuartos de final de la Liga de Campeones entre Juventus FC vs Real Madrid CF en el esta

Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid: match report

Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a bicycle kick which was outrageous even by his standards to lead Real Madrid to an emphatic 3-0 win away to Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg on Tuesday.

With his back to goal, Ronaldo launched himself into the air to meet Dani Carvajal's chipped ball and produced a perfectly-executed bicycle shot which flew past keeper Gianluigi Buffon and put Real 2-0 ahead.

Ronaldo had got Real off the mark with a third-minute goal, scoring for a record 10th successive Champions League game, and Marcelo was also on target as Juve's five-year unbeaten home record in European competition crumbled.

A red card for playmaker Paulo Dybala completed a miserable evening for the Serie A champions, beaten 4-1 by Real in last season's Champions League final.

Juventus had not lost at home in Europe since Bayern Munich's 2-0 win in April 2013, a 27-match run, but that record was quickly under threat as their usually impregnable defence was split open with nonchalant ease after only three minutes.

Marcelo flicked the ball between two defenders to set Isco free on the left and his low cross to the near post was flicked into the net by Ronaldo for his eighth goal in six meetings against Juventus.

Juventus responded well to the setback, launching a series of dangerous attacks, and Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas prevented what seemed a certain goal with a superb point-blank save from Gonzalo Higuain's volley.

Defender Giorgio Chiellini also missed a good chance when he misdirected a header from a corner but Real were always menacing and Toni Kroos thumped a rising shot against the bar from 25 metres.

Juve also began the second half in lively mood but lost their way in a dramatic eight minutes.

An uncharacteristic mix-up between Buffon and veteran defender Chiellini started a Real attack which ended with Ronaldo's astonishing goal in the 64th minute.

Two minutes later, Dybala, booked in the first half for a dive in the penalty area, was given a second yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Carvajal.

Marcelo applied the coup de grace in the 72nd minute as he switched passes with Isco and then Ronaldo before rounding Buffon to score into an empty net.

Ronaldo nearly grabbed a hat-trick and although Juve escaped further damage they face an almost impossible task in next week's return.

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The final in Cardiff might still be fresh in the mind for Juventus but Zinedine Zidane says this time around it will be a completely different game. 10 months ago, Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy, the first team to do it back-to-back, as Juventus looked on; they had been felled by a second half blitz that saw Real Madrid take an unassailable 3-1 lead. it is, however, a lesson Massimiliano Allegri says his side have learned from after Gianluigi Buffon admitted the Italian giants were to confident going into the game.

As Real Madrid look for their third Champions League winning campaign on the trot, Juventus will try to exorcise the ghosts of last May, but Zidane is right, and a lot has changed.

Real Madrid are no longer the finely-tuned machine they were last season. They have crumbled in the league and fallen out of the Copa del Rey. They have defensive issues too but the biggest question marks surround Zidane's team selection. Isco shone against Germany and then Argentina during the international break and is in contention to start while Gareth Bale scored a brace and starred against Las Palmas at the weekend.

Meanwhile, Juventus have battled to the top of Serie A in Italy with Napoli sitting in second, and have their own concerns over selection. Miralem Pjanic is out with a suspension along with Medhi Benatia as Rodrigo Bentacur and Andrea Barzagli look set to take their places.

Gonzalo Higuain will also look to get one back at his former employees and his father was on Spanish radio on Monday night where he took a shot at Florentino Perez, Real Madrid's president, and blamed him for his son's exit from the Spanish capital.


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