A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo, including a stunning overhead kick for his second, put Real Madrid in control of the Champions League quarterfinal with a 3-0 first-leg win over Juventus in Turin on Tuesday.
Ronaldo put Los Blancos ahead in the 3rd minute with an outer-foot finish from Isco’s cross, scoring for a record-breaking 10th consecutive Champions League match.
The 33-year-old followed it up with a stunning overhead kick in the 64th minute, launching himself into the air and sending it past Gianluigi Buffon. After a second of stunned silence, the home fans at the Allianz Stadium gave a standing ovation and Ronaldo acknowledged it with a bow.
Paulo Dybala’s sending off after he caught Dani Carvajal with a high foot and Marcelo finishing a crisp sequence stamped Madrid’s dominance on the night.
“You can say he’s one of the most beautiful players in the history of football,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after the game. “It’s not easy to get three goals past Juve on their own pitch. But in the end it was teamwork, you have to work as a team to get this result.”
Given the number of attempts both sides had, there could have been plenty more goals on the night. Ronaldo had a golden opportunity to get a third but he struck the incoming cross over the bar. Later on, Mateo Kovacic’s attempt was denied by the woodwork. Juventus had a chance at some redemption in the final minutes but Juan Cuadrado dragged his shot wide.
“This 3-0 is really hard to digest,” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. “In my opinion, from Cardiff (last year’s final defeat) to today we have even improved.
“There is absolutely nothing to hold against the lads. We faced an extraordinary team with probably the best player in the world. Now we have to raise our heads, think about the future and the championship.”
Here are some unreal numbers for Ronaldo in Champions League matches:
Most Goals In Champions League history (119)
Most Assist in Champions League history (34)
First player in Champions League history to score in 10 consecutive games
22 goals in 19 Champions league quarter-final appearances (Most by any)
You can check out the highlights of the game and that spectacular goal from Ronaldo here!