Last-gasp Ronaldo penalty takes Real into Champions League semis

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Madrid put one foot in the semi-finals with a devastating first-leg showing in Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice - including a wonderful overhead kick - and Marcelo adding the third.

Real Madrid will be without suspended captain Sergio Ramos and Nacho Fernandez is out injured, meaning young centre-back Jesus Vallejo is likely to make his first Champions League appearance.


It's not mission impossible; just ask Barcelona and Girona, who have both netted three at the Bernabéu in LaLiga this season. "Should" being the operative word, but this Madrid side is playing at a much higher level than they were even six weeks ago, so as long as they can maintain that energy and focus, there might just be too big a hill for Juventus to climb no matter how well they play today. Zinedine Zidane's men have racked up 62 goals in 24 home matches so far this campaign, establishing a per-game average of 2.58. Two, and the Vecchia Signora will require what the Spanish call a manita (a "little hand").

History is certainly not on Juve's side.


The Bianconeri bounced back from defeat to Madrid in the best way possible with a 4-2 win away to Benevento on Saturday afternoon with a hat-trick from Paulo Dybala bringing La Joya to 21 goals in Serie A and 25 goals in all competitions.

Madrid now carries an 18-match Champions League home unbeaten streak stretching back more than three years to a defeat against Schalke 04 on 10 March 2015.


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