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UCL Match Report – Real Madrid FC rout Juventus in Turin
- Updated: April 4, 2018
The UEFA Champions League quarter-final encounter between Real Madrid FC and Juventus in Turin turned out to be a classic, although, to the detriment of the Old Ladies as Real Madrid, I daresay effectively sealed qualification in Juventus’ home turf even before the ball is kicked for the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.This Real Madrid fixture now seems far easier than the Round of 16 tie against PSG.
Real Madrid’s clean sheet against Las Palmas was no fluke, neither was it down to the quality of the opposition as Los Blancos produced a similar result albeit with a world-class performance as they routed Juventus 3 nil in front of their home fans.
Both sides came into the game at the back of defensive frailties for Real Madrid and defensive solidity for Juventus. In the end, the reverse was the case, as Los Blancos kept a clean sheet against the old ladies on their own ground. Who would have bet against Juventus grabbing one or two goals in Turin?
Cristiano Ronaldo sent the away fans into a frenzy, whilst sending chills down the spines of the Juventus faithful with a brilliant opener in the 2nd minute after some good work down the left and a low cross from Isco Alarcon. That’s a message from Isco to Zidane. The goal established Ronaldo as the first player to score in 10 consecutive UCL games, whilst improving his tally to 13 goals in the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Turin outfit reacted to the opener as they attempted to carve out chances and equalize but the Madrid defense was up for the game as they provided decent cover for Navas in goal. However, one of their moves almost came through in the 23rd minute but was thwarted by a brilliant save from Keylor Navas in the 23rd minute, off a diving shot from Gonzalo Higuain from a free kick floated into the eighteen-yard box by Dybala
Real Madrid also fought back and sought to double their lead, and this they almost did in the 35th minute, although Toni Kroos couldn’t beat the woodwork with a pile-driver from 20 yards that gave Buffon no chance. I guess the Juventus fans heaved sighs of relief after the attempt. if only they knew what was coming. If only they knew what Ronaldo was cooking.
There were calls for a penalty after a header from Chiellini appeared to hit Casemiro’s arm. The referee, however, dismissed the incident, although Dybala ended up in the referee’s book after a blatant dive as he sought for a penalty for his side.
Meanwhile, the best of the night was yet to come, and who else but Ronaldo to deliver? In the 63rd minute, a well-lofted cross from Carvajal met Ronaldo, who with his back to goal, pulled off a brilliant bicycle kick that sent the ball crashing into the net, as Buffon stood by rooted to the spot and looking on helplessly. Zidane reacted by shaking and rubbing his head, while the opposition fans had no choice but to applaud the best player in the world for pulling off such a stunner, and his 14th goal in the UCL this season.
The frustration started to set in for Juventus as Dybala got sent off after receiving his second yellow for clattering with Carvajal. Marcelo effectively ended the tie as a contest in the 71st minute as he bundled the ball into the back of the net to give Real Madrid a 3 goal cushion. The sorry sight was the legendary Buffon whose reactions after the goals spoke volumes. It was now chances galore for Real Madrid FC as Ronaldo spurned a glorious chance to complete a hat-trick, with Buffon pulling up some decent saves. Kovacic nearly added a fourth in the latter stages of the game although the bar came to the rescue for Juventus yet again. The encounter sure proves that Juventus learned nothing from the bashing they received in last year’s UCL finals.
Real Madrid FC are on course to win the UCL for the third time consecutively unless the likes of Bayern, Barcelona, and Man City can provide the antidote to this Los Blancos terror that takes no prisoners.