Real Madrid look to avoid Barca-like collapse

Cristiano Ronaldo Holds Nerve To Score Last Gasp Penalty And Spare Real Madrid's Blushes Against Battling Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo Holds Nerve To Score Last Gasp Penalty And Spare Real Madrid's Blushes Against Battling Juventus

Should stand. With AP Photos.

The Real Madrid manager left Bale on the bench for Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Serie A giants Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash last week. "But Madrid are happy and in the semifinals".

Argentinian journalist Manuel Sanchez who works for Canal El Doce attempted to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo's recent over-head kick against Juventus and landed in the hospital.

The defending champions hold a 3-0 advantage after the Turin first leg but manager Zinedine Zidane says nothing will be taken for granted.

"It was a very long game and it serves as a lesson that in football nothing is guaranteed and that we have to fight until the end", Ronaldo said. You have to take the initiative. We'll soon see who plays tomorrow.

After Tuesday's heroics by Roma, Juventus went about part two of mission impossible in right way, scoring just two minutes in.

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

Visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon received his first Champions League red card, in this, his 117th and final match in the competition, for dissent in the ensuing melee.


What a game at the Santiago Bernabeu!.

"I have a bitter taste as we didn't have the chance to go to extra time", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. "It's a shame it ends like this".

Elsewhere in Europe, Bayern Munich progressed to the semi-final after a 0-0 draw with Sevilla.

There's unusual tidings afoot in the Champions League, and Real Madrid can't afford to assume they already have the tie won.

Although Juventus ended up a beaten side on aggregate, it was Mario Mandzukic who made the major difference in earning their win on the night. He added to the lead with another header before halftime, and Blaise Matuidi scored the third early in the second half after a blunder by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd. But Bale played well and provided an assist at the weekend and Asensio has Madrid fans demanding that he plays more minutes.

"If he did not commit the foul, Lucas would have scored.

If we have any problems we'll adapt to the situation", Zidane said.

But Gonzalo Higuain will have some respite as Real Madrid are without suspended captain Sergio Ramos. I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating. "I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it".

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