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Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points

Shambhu Ajith
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26.42K   //    04 Apr 2018, 04:04 IST

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How dare you, Cristiano!

From the third minute until the 63rd - for an hour, there was status quo. On either side of it, there was Cristiano Ronaldo.

For a match that had to live up to its billing of being a cracker, there was plenty of action and plenty of scintillating football but Real Madrid came out on top.

There is a frightening sense of familiarity about how they dispatched one of the best teams in Europe, on their home turf, to put this tie to bed even before the second leg has started.

It was Ronaldo who opened the scoring with a delightful finish after Isco teed him up inside the area.

The second was an absolute stunner of a bicycle kick that sent the whole world into a state of shock. The entire stadium stood up and applauded the genius of the Portuguese sorcerer.

Ronaldo then played creator as he released Marcelo into a one-on-one with Buffon with the Brazilian keeping his head and dinking the ball over the veteran to put the finishing touches to the scoreline that underlines the dominance that Zidane's men enjoyed on the night.

Let's dive right into the main talking points from the game:


#5 Juventus invite Real Madrid to attack and pay for it immediately

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Juventus showed Madrid too much respect

Allegri got his men to sit back in the first two minutes and it looked like Juve were hoping to hit this Madrid team on the counter.

Sure, they have the firepower to execute the plan to perfection but simply affording too much space to the kind of quality that rests in the Madrid ranks can be detrimental to your plans and Ronaldo read Juventus their rights as early as the third minute.

Isco was released into space on the left flank by Marcelo and the Spaniard went past Di Sciglio to cut one back for Ronaldo who coolly slotted it past Buffon with the outside of his foot. It looked all to easy for the reigning champions of Europe.

Juventus were much more positive after the goal went in and even dominated possession for short stints in the first half but they couldn't make anything of note as their final ball was consistently lacking in quality.

Allegri's men looked even better in the second half and an equaliser seemed to be on the horizon but then Ronaldo decided it was not to be and well, let's just say that he has his own ways of enforcing his ideas, eh?

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