Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus: Player Ratings & Man of the MatchApril 12, 2018
Juventus suffered a bitter Champions League exit after Cristiano Ronaldo’s stoppage time penalty sent Real Madrid to the semis and made it 4-3 on aggregate.
Juventus opened the scoring for the night within the first 2 minutes as Sami Khedria lifted an light cross to the far post which met Mario Mandzukic’s head to put them 1-0 up.
Real Madrid then went on to enjoy large spells of possession, which led to Isco pinching the ball in the back of the net from close range; but the goal was disallowed due to him being marginally offside.
Juventus doubled their lead almost identically in the 37th minute, early substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner whipped in an inviting cross to the far post for Mandzukic to rise above Dani Carvajal and stab home.
At half time Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane brought on Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez for Gareth Bale and Casemiro, potentially in an attempt to reduce the impact Juve’s wide players were having in the match.
Blaise Matuidi made it level on aggregate after scoring from just a few inches from the goal line following Keylor Navas’ blunder which saw the ball fumble out of his hands and Into the Frenchman’s path.
With the game looking likely to be heading to extra time, Medhi Benatia made a rash challenge from behind on Lucas Vasquez from point blank range, which saw referee Micheal Oliver point straight to the spot.
In light of the decision the Juventus players ferociously protested to the referee and the officials which even saw Gianluigi Buffon sent off the pitch for his uncontrolled aggression and antagonism towards the referee.
The decision forced Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri to bring on Wojciech Szczesny for Gonzalo Higuain in attempt to save the penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo with the weight of Real Madrid on his shoulders side footed the ball into the side netting to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals.
This was Ronaldo’s 15th goal in this season’s Champions League and 41st of the season.
Real Madrid: Navas – 5, Carvajal – 6, Varane – 5, Vallejo – 4, Marcelo – 6, Casemiro (substituted off for Vasquez at45’) – 5, Modric (substituted off for Kovacic at 75’) – 6, Kroos – 6, Isco – 7, Ronaldo – 8, Bale (substituted off for Asensio at 45’) – 4
Juventus: Buffon (red carded at 90+3) – 6, De Sciglio (substituted off for Lichtsteiner at 17’) – N/A, Benatia – 5, Chiellini – 7, Alex Sandro – 5, Khedria – 7, Pjanic – 6, Matuidi – 8, Douglas Costa – 7, Higuain (substituted off for Szczesny at 90+6) – 6, Mandzukic – 9
Man of the Match
Blaise Matuidi is our Man of the Match. The French midfielder may have suffered another catastrophic defeat in the Champions League, but he was superb on the night.