Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the Champions League’s great goals as his incredible bicycle kick helped Real Madrid demolish Juventus by 3-0 in the their first leg encounter in the quarter-final.
The Real Madrid striker already made history with the first of his two goals, prodding home Isco’s cross to become the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games just 3 minutes after the game began.
However, both sides then fought on equal terms despite Real’s lead, with their own captain Sergio Ramos delivering a vital block against Paulo Dybala and Toni Kroos going close to doubling Real’s lead when he hit the crossbar with a 25-yard effort.
Ronaldo’s stunner — one of the great Champions League moments — came after the break, when Dani Carvajal lifted a cross to the Portuguese, who soared in the air and sent a flying acrobatic kick past Gianluigi Buffon, who was left with no chance.
This also meant that the Portuguese captain has now scored nine Champions League goals against Juventus — no player has scored more against a single opponent in the competition (he also has nine against Bayern Munich while Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has nine against Arsenal).
The entire Juventus Stadium were so in awe of the brilliance of the strike such that even the home fans stood up to applaud the goal that probably ended their hopes of going through as they fell behind such an impervious away goal disadvantage.
But things got even worse for the Turin side — who lost last year’s final to Real — as Dybala was shown a second yellow card for a high boot in the chest of Carvajal.
Real Madrid essentially their place in the last four when Marcelo played a one-two with Ronaldo before scoring from close range.
As the second leg looks to be little more than a formality now, Los Blancos would have a challenging game against neighbouring rivals Atletico Madrid in a Sunday derby in La Liga — while Juventus plays Serie A’s bottom team Benevento on Saturday.