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Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

Shuvam Sinha
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Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One
Gigi Buffon appreciates Ronaldo's outstanding performance

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning overhead kick as Real Madrid thrashed Juventus at Turin to virtually guarantee their progress into the semi-finals of the Champions League. 

The Portuguese converted Isco's square pass after just 2 minutes to score in his 10th consecutive Champions League game - breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy's record in the process.

Although Juventus pressed hard since, their job was made even harder when Ronaldo measured the weight of Lucas Vazquez's cross before setting himself up to acrobatically dispatch the ball past a rooted Gigi Buffon to receive a standing ovation from both sets of fans.

The tie was effectively over when Paulo Dybala was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous challenge on Dani Carvajal before Marcelo ensured that the second leg would be almost academic with an easy finish after initially chipping Buffon.

Here are the player ratings from a pulsating game at Turin.


Juventus 

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One
Dybala's sending off killed the tie as a contest

Gianluigi Buffon - 6/10

The veteran keeper saved well on many occasions, but he was often caught in indecision between himself and his centre-halves, one such instance being in the build-up to Ronaldo's show-stopping goal.

Mattia de Sciglio - 6/10

De Sciglio could be held accountable for the first goal, failing to track the run of Marcelo down the wing, allowing him the space to run and locate Isco. He pressed forward many times and got close with a shot from the edge of the box.

Giorgio Chiellini - 6/10

Although his positioning was good, Chiellini was unusually error-prone in the game, getting involved in mix-ups and fluffed clearances to literally hand the tie over to Real Madrid. 

Andrea Barzagli - 5.5/10

Barzagli struggled in the game, unable to track his marker during set-pieces and crumbling under pressure from Real Madrid's attacking players while trying to play from the back. It was always going to be a long night for the Old Lady when their usually reliable defence make mistakes.

Kwadwo Asamoah - 6.5/10

The winger, playing at full-back, had to risk going forward as Juventus were chasing the tie from the outset. He linked well with Alex Sandro and got into promising positions without being able to produce the final product.

Douglas Costa - 6/10

Costa was quick and a treat to watch when on the ball, but his decision making left a lot to be desired. His crosses were disappointing, so was his inability to decide whether to run goal-side or across the defender when the ball was played to him in the box.

Rodrigo Bentancur - 6/10

The young midfielder - deputizing for the suspended Miralem Pjanic - made a few robust tackles, but is nowhere near the drive and attacking threat that Pjanic brings to the Juventus side. His shots were well off target and he clearly lacked the confidence to take the game to Real Madrid's midfield.

Sami Khedira - 7/10

The German was one of Juventus' better players on a highly frustrating night for them, going forward and getting himself involved in most attacks. He was part of quick one-touch passes with Dybala, Asamoah and Higuain at the edge of the box to unsettle Real Madrid's defence, while he fed the fullbacks as well.

Alex Sandro - 6/10

Naturally a full-back, the Brazilian was given the license to surge up the pitch and deliver crosses for the likes of Higuain to capitalise upon. Though the intent and desire were there, the quality of ball delivery and movement into the box didn't match what Marcelo was able to produce for the opposition. He lost possession in key areas, losing opportunities in the process.

Paulo Dybala - 6/10

Dybala tried his hardest to get Juventus back in the tie - he got into pockets of space only to be thwarted by last-ditch tackles by Ramos and Varane.

He took up set-piece duty in the absence of Pjanic and he took desperate measures by throwing himself to the ground under challenges to ultimately receive a yellow card for diving. His second booking - effectively a red card for a high challenge on Carvajal - ended his and effectively Juventus' hopes of mustering a fightback.

Gonzalo Higuain - 7/10

Higuain was a busy player, picking up the loose ball to get Juventus to go forward and holding up play in the vicinity of the box. He had two strikes at goal, both saved brilliantly by Navas. He created an excellent chance early in the game, only for Bentancur to scuff his shot for Ramos to easily clear the danger.

Substitutes: 

Mario Mandzukic - 5/10

Mandzukic was brought on as a second striker after Juventus went down to 10 men and had to sacrifice a winger. He was hardly able to make an impact as Real Madrid professionally saw the game out.

Blaise Matuidi - 5/10

Matuidi replaced Khedira with 20 minutes left but was unable to push a visibly deflated Juventus side.

Juan Cuadrado - 5/10

Cuadrado had a chance with the last kick of the game, which went narrowly wide. Apart from that, he was shut down by Marcelo on the flank with ease.

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