There is no stopping Cristiano Ronaldo in Europe. In the lead-up to Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final first leg away to Juventus, Gianluigi Buffon called the 33-year-old an “assassin”. And that description proved prescient as he shot down the Italians’ dreams once again scoring a wonderful brace, one of which is a brilliant bicycle kick which attracted a standing ovation even from the Juventus supporters with Marcelo providing the third for a sweet 3-0 away win in the first leg quarter final clash of UCL 201772018 season.
Last season it was in Cardiff. Madrid met Juve in the final of the competition and Ronaldo registered twice on the night in a comprehensive 4-1 win which gave Real their 12th European Cup, leaving Buffon without the medal he so craves at the twilight of a wonderful career.
That double in the Welsh capital saw the five-time Ballon d’Or winner make it 10 goals from the quarter-finals onwards after something of a dry run earlier in the competition. The Portuguese produced the goods when it mattered most – and now he is back doing more of the same.
Real Madrid won away against Juventus for the first time since February 1962, ending a run of seven without a win.
This was Juventus’ first defeat when playing at home in the first leg in European competition since that loss in 1962, ending a run of 61 games.
Juventus conceded three goals in the home leg of a Champions League knockout tie for the first time since their 1999 semi-final defeat by Manchester United (3-2)
In the other result of the night, German champions, Bayern Munich came from a goal down to defeat Sevilla the team that eliminated Manchester United in the round of 16, 1-2 away from home with goals from Pablo Sarabia (Sevilla), Jesus Navas (OG) and Thiago Alcantara for the Bayern team respectively.
Later tonight, the remaining English representatives will face-off as Manchester City will be guests of fellow compatriots, Liverpool at the Anfield while Spanish giants Barcelona would host Italian warlords, Roma at the Camp Nou for their first leg quarter final clash.