All talk of a possible revenge for Juventus against Real Madrid ends on a pouring night at Juventus Stadium. Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo braces himself before Marcelo made it 3-0 for the visitors. In a high-intensity game in Turin, Paulo Dybala gets his marching order whereas Sergio Ramos will be happy to earn a suspension for the second-leg.
It was only three minutes approaching in the game and Ronaldo scored a tricky goal. Isco played the ball from left in the penalty box, and Ronaldo going ahead of Karim Benzema pounced the ball in the right corner. It gave Real the much needed away goal advantage and gave Juventus an early setback.
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Juve tries to materialize with Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain linkup to get back in the game but Higuain misses continues to haunt him. In the 22nd minute, he had an attempt on goal from Dybala’s cross but Keylor Navas denied him.
Real Madrid not looking to sit back with their goal advantage came cruising in the 35th minute when Toni Kroos hit the bar. Two minutes later, there was a chance for Giorgio Chiellini on the other side of the pitch. Dybala following on from his corner served a great cross, but Chiellini failed to convert it from close range.
Dybala trying to prove his mark must be blamed for trying too much. La Joya failed to convert his free-kicks from a good range and made a diving attempt to earn a penalty which cost him a yellow card. The first half ended 1-0 in favor of the visitors.
The Jewel started the second-half from where he left the first-half. Trying to win everything in Real Madrid’s danger area earned a free-kick for Juventus which also see Sergio Ramos earning a yellow. The Real Madrid captain will serve a suspension in second-leg but it will bother him less.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored another thunderous goal and first of his kind. The Portuguese star scored his first overhead kick in the career giving Real Madrid 2-0 advantage in the 63rd minute. And a minute later, Dybala earned his marching order for a high boot on Daniel Carvahal.
Marcelo adding to Juventus trouble finds Real third goal in the 72nd minute following on Ronaldo’s missed chance to score his hat-trick. It could have been 4-0 or 5-0 up for Real Madrid if the post has not saved Juventus. Second-half substitute Mateo Kovacic also hit the crossbar before Gigi Buffon made a save from Cristiano Ronaldo for the sixth time in the match.
Higuain may have had his last laugh but Argentine forward was denied by Keylor Navas in injury-time. It left the tie already decided in Real Madrid favor, but of course Turin giant will travel to Madrid next week with the motivation of emulating what Real did at their place. The only problem will be their best player will not be on the pitch because of suspension.