The Champions League has turned into the main attraction for Real Madrid this season and everything is certainly going to plan on this front, as Los Blancos have won the first leg against Juventus by 3 clear goals.
Of course, in Europe the away goals rule is crucial and for Real Madrid to score 3 times away from home it has almost ended the tie at the half time stage. It was clear during the match that Real Madrid were just a level above their Italian opponents and a place in the semi final looks all but assured.
The semi-final draw will be made on Friday 13 April when tickets will be in high demand once Real’s opponents are known. Ticket sites like footballticketpad.com are already geared up to cope with demand as fans across Europe who want to get behind the bid for an historic third consecutive Champions League title.
The main story to come out of this game was Cristiano Ronaldo scoring one of the greatest goals in Champions League history. Dani Carvajal put in a cross that was just behind Ronaldo, and the Portuguese superstar unleashed an incredible overhead kick which flew into the corner of Gianluigi Buffon’s net, with the great keeper having no chance.
This was his 23rd goal in his last 12 appearances. His overhead kick wasn’t his only goal in this one either, as he actually opened the scoring after just 3 minutes, turning Isco’s cross into the net. This set the tone for the match, as Real Madrid went on to dominate the game.
That goal was also crucial as it made Ronaldo the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League matches. Toni Kroos almost added to the lead after a 25-yard strike smashed the crossbar.
64 minutes had passed when Ronaldo unleashed his amazing effort. It was so good that Juventus fans all around the stadium stood up to applaud the goal, even though they knew it was probably the end of their sides chances in Europe.
Things were made worse for Juve as Paulo Dybala was shown a second yellow card and was sent off.
The icing was put on the cake for Real with a third goal on the night, as Marcelo played a one-two with Ronaldo before tapping home.