Real Madrid and Bayern approach semifinals in a magical night of Ronaldo
The Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo makes the Chilean with which he scored one of his two goals for Real Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Juventus of Turin, at the Allianz stadium in the Italian city
Real Madrid, which prevailed in Turin to Juve (3-0), and Bayern Munich, who won in Sevilla (2-1), in the first leg of the Champions’ quarterfinals, approached the semifinals, although the The protagonist of the day was Cristiano Ronaldo, who enlarged his legend with two goals, an exceptional one from Chile.
Cristiano Ronaldo was once again the hero of Real Madrid. His two goals (3 and 64), plus an assist to Marcelo in the third (72), served Real Madrid to crush as a visitor to Juventus.
“We have seen what Ronaldo is, with Leo Messi he is achieving the greatest achievements,” admitted Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
“They can be compared to Maradona and Pelé, by the way they are able to decide matches and win trophies for their teams,” added the goalkeeper.
The Portuguese, who has fourteen goals this season in the Champions League, is on track to become top scorer in the continental competition for the sixth consecutive year.
With this result, a catastrophe must happen in the Santiago Bernabéu in the return so that Real Madrid does not qualify, in a match in which Juventus will not be able to count on the Argentine Paulo Dybala, expelled after an entry to Dani Carvajal in the minute 65
“We are happy with the result, 0-3 is not easy and we did it … we played a serious game, we suffered a bit in Juve’s strong moment but we held on very well,” said Zinedine Zidane.
The Madrid coach had given the slogan at the break of the last Champions League final against Juventus that it was necessary to look for centers at the near post of the Turin team.
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And that was Isco, preferred to Gareth Bale in the Real Madrid lineup, to find Cristiano Ronaldo in the early goal play, with a center from the left (3).
Although Juventus had the initiative, Real Madrid found another good opportunity in the 36th minute with a shot from Toni Kroos from outside the area, which hit the crossbar.
But in that beginning of the second part came the only bad news for Real Madrid, as Sergio Ramos saw a yellow for an entry to Dybala (55) and will miss the second leg.
Despite the fact that Juventus was still more dangerous, Cristiano Ronaldo’s fantastic second Chilean goal came in the 64th minute, when Carvajal’s cross from the left shot from behind the goal.
After the expulsion of Dybala, Real Madrid took control of the game, reaching the third goal, with a wall between Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo, who finished the Brazilian (72).
“I am disgusted by the third goal, because at that time we could still turn around the tie in the round, now it will be impossible,” said Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri.
Bayern Munich also took a big step towards the semifinals by winning 2-1 in Seville.
Pablo Sarabia overtook the Sevillistas shortly after the half-hour mark (31), but the Germans turned the score with a goal against Jesús Navas before the break (37) and another by Thiago Alcántara in the second half (68) .
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Argentine midfielder Joaquín Correa (left) runs against Colombian James Rodríguez of Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium in Seville
After a failed first opportunity, Sarabia hit the second. Sergio Escudero crossed from the left and the forward got ahead of Juan Bernat to control with his chest and beat halfway up Svein Ullreich (32).
Three minutes later something happened that changed the dynamics of the match and, who knows, of the tie: the Chilean Arturo Vidal, who had already been doubtful due to some discomfort, could not continue and he was replaced by the Colombian James Rodríguez, one of the most in the form of Bayern.
And in the first action of the coffeemaker, he opened to the left for Frank Ribery and the center-shot of the French was played by Jesús Navas, misled Soria and the ball ended at the bottom of the net (37).
With the passing of the minutes, the domain of Bayern was more and more accentuated and in the 68th minute the second German goal came, with a Ribery center that headed, only at the far post, Thiago Alcántara.
Sevilla tried to react and had a couple of chances to tie, with separate shots away from the French Steven N’Zonzi (80) and Sandro Ramírez (82), but the score did not move.
“Today we have not had any luck, it’s a shame, because the team has played with pride against a very strong Bayern,” said Italian coach Vincenzo Montella.
For his part, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes admitted that, despite the victory, “if we want to win the Champions League, we must improve.”
“We lost the ball many times and we lacked order in the midfield, which allowed Sevilla to generate chances, in the second half we improved and in the end we deserved to win,” he argued.
On Wednesday will be played the other two first leg of the Champions quarter, in which Barcelona will try to pass the pass at the Camp Nou against Rome and Liverpool and Manchester City will play in Anfield the first act of a 100% English eliminator .