Ronaldo and Marcelo notched for Real Madrid to condemn apathetic Italian giants Juventus 3-0 away from home in the champion’s league quarter finals first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo started his brace journey during the Champions league fixture as early as 3rd minute before completing it at the 64th minutes as Marcelo’s goal eight minutes later rendered Juventus hopeless.
It was Isco who created the Portuguese the chance for the opener before Dani Carvajal crossed within the box to Ronaldo who cruelly converted an acrobatic bicycle kick goal leaving Gigi Buffon indecisive as Juventus fans applauded him for the sparkling effort.
Although the Old Lady had hopes to level scores in the first half before Ronaldo’s remarkable goal, Tony Kroos threatened to harm them more when his 25-yard shot hit the cross bar whereas Marcelo later on involved Ronaldo in his goal that turned the scores to three at the 72nd minute.
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala who had earlier on been booked with a yellow card ended up being red carded following his boot he’d placed high on Carvajal’s chest.
Ronaldo who needed only two minutes and some seconds to continue his champion’s league goal scoring trend could have scored his second goal when he smashed a ball across goal following a play from Karim Benzema.
Additionally he had the opportunity to register a hat trick as he forced Buffon to a save in the 16 yards.
Having started the season worst like never before, the Real Madrid former winger now turned to conventional striker has managed to register 25 goals in 13 club and country appearances to his name.
His champion’s league goal scoring record remains unrivaled too as the two goals makes him the first player to have scored in 10 straight games and has over all total of 119 CL goals.
Other records the 33 years old has in terms of goals to his name are as follow; 21 goals in champions league quarter finals, as many as Juventus have in this stage of the race.
9 goals with 10 shots on target when he was faced Gianluigi Buffon in the CL and he has scored in all 6 of his CL games v Juventus.
16 goals in his past 10 champions league games – 14 this season and a double last year’s final against Juventus.
Does Juventus have any hopes?
The team from Italy hopes were very high before kick off as their recent form was exciting, having played 25 games unbeaten and climbed on top of Napoli to lead the Serie A table, the defeat to the Spanish side has brought them to their knees.
The hope to end 22 years of trophy-less Champions league seems to be taken away already as history has it that only two teams that won first leg away matches were knocked out implying Real Madrid are the favorites for the last four.
The two sides will clash again for what seems to be a lost battle as far as Juventus is concerned next Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeau.