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Juventus v Real Madrid – Story of the match

Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, his second a brilliant overhead kick, as Real Madrid took a huge step towards the Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win against Juventus in Turin.

Ronaldo fired the LaLiga side ahead just three minutes into the quarter-final first-leg tie, and then produced a moment of pure brilliance to double the lead just after the hour which even had the home fans applauding.

Juve saw forward Paulo Dybala sent off for a second yellow card before Marcelo added Real’s third away goal on 72 minutes to all but end the contest ahead of the second leg back in Madrid.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Cristiano Ronaldo

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Cristiano Ronaldo produced another stellar display as Champions League holders Real Madrid looked to progress (Luca Bruno/AP/Press Association Images)

Who else? The man for the big occasion produced the goods once again. After stunning the home side with his early strike, Ronaldo’s moment of brilliance with his overhead kick to score their second gave Los Blancos a foothold in the tie as they look to retain the Champions League crown once again. On another night, he probably could have bagged a hat-trick – but maybe that was asking too much.

Moment of the match

Ronaldo eventually doubled Real’s lead with a goal of the highest quality in the 64th minute. A mix-up between defender Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon saw substitute Lucas Vazquez denied by a flying recovery save from the goalkeeper. Buffon, though, could only stand and watch as Dani Carvajal floated a cross in from the right which Ronaldo, his back to goal, dispatched into the top corner with a perfectly-executed overhead kick. Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane was left shaking his head in disbelief, while the Juve fans applauded in stunned admiration.

Stat Attack

With his early goal, Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League appearances, while also finding the net in a ninth straight game for Los Blancos. After his sublime second, he now has 39 goals in all competitions this season. Ruthless.

Ratings

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon 6 (out of 10), Mattia De Sciglio 6, Andrea Barzagli 6, Giorgio Chiellini 6, Kwadwo Asamoah 6, Douglas Costa 6, Sami Khedira 6, Rodrigo Bentancur 6, Alex Sandro 6, Paulo Dybala 5, Gonzalo Higuain 6.
Substitutes: Mario Mandzukic (for Asamoah, 68) 6, Blaise Matuidi (for Douglas Costa, 69) 6, Guillermo Cuadrado (for Khedira 76) 6.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 8 (out of 10), Dani Carvajal 6, Sergio Ramos 7, Raphael Varane 6, Marcelo 7, Luka Modric 6, Toni Kroos 7, Casemiro 6, Isco 7, Karim Benzema 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 9.
Substitutes: Lucas Vazquez (for Benzema, 59) 7, Marco Asensio (for Isco, 76) 6, Mateo Kovacic (for Modric, 82) 6.

Who’s up next?

Benevento v Juventus (Serie A, April 7)
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (LaLiga, April 8)

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