Juventus 2 Real Madrid 2: Los Blancos secure qualification for next round

Juventus 2 Real Madrid 2: Los Blancos secure qualification for next round


Real Madrid secured their qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-2 draw in Turin against Italian champions Juventus.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale scored for the visitors, and although Fernando Llorente and Arturo Vidal got on the scoresheet for the Italians, Los Blancos had Iker Casillas to thank for a number of outstanding saves to help secure the point.

In an even first half, both teams had opportunities to take the lead. Ronaldo flashed a effort inches wide of the post early on, while Gareth Bale also went close having shaken off the challenge of Martin Caceres. Gigi Buffon was on hand to save at the Welshman’s feet however.

At the other end, Iker Casillas showed that despite little playing time in recent months he is still a world class keeper. Claudio Marchisio thought he had scored on the half hour mark when he sent a Carlos Tevez cross goalbound. But the World Cup winner between the sticks for Los Blancos made an extraordinary save with his shin to turn the ball away.

The home side did take the lead however, just before half time. Paul Pogba burst into the box and was felled in a late challenge by Raphael Varane. Referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot and Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal made not mistake, blasting his effort into the roof of the net for a 1-0 lead at the break.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men came out of the blocks quickest in the second half though and were rewarded in the 52nd minute when Ronaldo scored his 8th goals of the Champions League campaign to date. Karim Benzema sent the Portuguese free with a lovely pass and he finished it off with a right-footed effort past Buffon.

Eight minutes later, the visitors were in front thanks to Bale. After a difficult start to life in Madrid, the 24-year-old seems to have settled down and struck a decent understanding with Ronaldo. The former Tottenham man received a pass from his fellow forward and sent the ball into the back of the net.

The lead only lasted five minutes though as Fernando Llorente, who scored at the Santiago Bernabeu two weeks ago, rose highest to head home a Caceres cross in the 65th minute to draw the Old Lady level.

Both teams tried to look for a winner with Ancelotti introducing Jese and Angel di Maria, but the game eventually petered out and the two sides settled for a draw.