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Real Madrid v Juventus Live Commentary, 11/04/2018

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Cristiano Ronaldo (90+7 pen)
M. Mandžukić (2)
M. Mandžukić (37)
B. Matuidi (60)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu


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It's fair to say Michael Oliver will not be welcome in Turin any time in the near future. The referee became the central figure of an outstanding match as Juventus appeared to be on course for one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history. A brace from Mario Mandzukic in the first half put them on their way before an error from Keylor Navas allowed Blaise Matuidi to level the tie. The contest appeared to be heading towards extra-time, but then came the moment as Cristiano Ronaldo headed the ball back across the face of goal. Lucas Vazquez went down under pressure from Mehdi Benatia and after a brief pause Oliver pointed to the spot. Juventus erupted in anger with Gianluigi Buffon leading the charge. The veteran keeper went overboard with his protests, screaming in Oliver's face. He was given a straight red card - his final act in the Champions League. Ronaldo still had to score from 12 yards, with the pressure of the occasion and Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks. However, the Portuguese held his nerve to fire into the net and send his side through to the last four of the competition.
90' + 10' The referee ends the contest.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
90' + 9' Ronaldo is booked for his celebration.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
90' + 7' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! RONALDO HOLDS HIS NERVE!!!! Would it end any other way as Ronaldo blasts his effort into the top corner. A spectacular effort from the spot after all the drama that preceeded the kick. He celebrates by flinging his shirt off as the Bernabeu erupts.
90' + 7' After a lengthy delay, Ronaldo is finally ready. Here we go...
W. Szczęsny
G. Higuaín
90' + 6' Higuain is withdrawn for Szczesny. The Pole will face Ronaldo from the spot.
G. Buffon
Red Card
90' + 3' OFF! Buffon reacts furiously to the decision and rushes to confront Michael Oliver. He is over the top in his protests and the official brandishes the red card. That will be his final act in Champions League football.
90' + 3' PENALTY TO MADRID!!!! Drama at the death as Benatia nudges Vazquez to the deck and after consulation with the official behind the goal, the referee points to the spot.
90' + 1' Allegri is urging his players to take the pace out of the match. He seems quite comfortable taking the contest to extra-time.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
M. Benatia
Yellow Card
90' Benatia goes into the book for a late challenge on Asensio.
89' Asensio finds space in the left inside channel for a fraction of a second, but Benatia quickly closes down the opening.
88' Isco probes down the left and lifts a cross into the box, but Chiellini is well placed to head away from danger.
86' OVER! Carvajal sends a cross to the back post for Ronaldo to attack after he gets a march on Lichtsteiner, but the Portuguese heads his effort over the bar.
85' Pjanic looks for the quick offload from the free-kick, but Mandzukic is not on the same page as his team-mate and Navas is able to collect with ease.
84' Vallejo catches Higuain late and it hands Juve a free-kick in a threatening position 30 yards from goal. How are Navas' nerves?
83' Juve are attempting to take the pace out of the game as their exploits throughout the evening may be just be catching up with some of the ageing legs in their team.
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
81' Marcelo brings down Costa on the charge and goes into the book.
80' CLOSE! Asensio breaks down the left and lifts a cross into the box. Chiellini has to make the header as Ronaldo lurks behind him, placing his clearance narrowly over the bar.
79' CHANCE! Varane latches on to a loose ball from the resulting corner and he shoots on the turn, only to place his effort wide of the target.
78' SAVE! Isco is afforded space and time on the edge of the box to drill an effort towards the net. His strike takes a deflection off Benatia and creeps towards the bottom corner, only for Buffon to get down to turn it past the post.
76' BLOCK! Vallejo makes a vital block in the box to deny Khedira after the German was the freedom of the area to latch on to Mandzukic's cross from the flank.
M. Kovačić
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
75' Modric makes way for Kovacic.
74' WIDE! Ronaldo goes for goal from the edge of the box with a right-footed strike. The ball takes two deflections on its way to the net and has Buffon scrambling across his line, although he cannot prevent the corner.
Douglas Costa
Yellow Card
73' Costa takes out Asensio on the charge and goes into the book. Juve have five players in the book now.
71' Ronaldo tries to break down the right to force a cross into the box, but Alex Sandro holds firm to win a goal-kick for his team.
69' OVER! Asensio goes for the strike with his left foot and he curls his effort over the wall, but he sends his strike narrowly over Buffon's bar.
68' Alex Sandro brings down Vazquez on the edge of the box and it hands Madrid a free-kick in a threatening position.
Alex Sandro
Yellow Card
67' Alex Sandro goes into the book for his challenge on Ronaldo. He will miss the first-leg of the semi-final should Juve advance.
66' Ronaldo leads a solitary counter, but he still manages to win a free-kick just inside the Juve half after being felled by Alex Sandro.
64' STAT! The strike was Matuidi's first CL goal since November 2016, for PSG against Basel
62' Madrid break down the left through Ronaldo and win a free-kick for a foul against Benatia. However, the delivery from Kroos is a poor and Juve clear the danger with ease.
B. Matuidi
60' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! MATUIDI COMPLETES THE COMEBACK!!!! Navas commits a huge error in the box and Juve have levelled the tie. Costa swings a dangerous cross into the box and Mautidi makes a late run across the keeper. Navas initially catches the ball, but then loses it, allowing the Frenchman to convert from close range. Juventus have done the impossible, but can they now go on to win the match?
59' CHANCE! Madrid lose possession in their own half as Modric plays a loose pass out from the back. Matuidi and Pjanic combine to tee up Higuain on the edge of the box, but the Argentine sees his strike saved by Navas.
57' SAVE! Vazquez surges down the right flank and feeds the ball into Ronaldo. The Portuguese swings a leg at the ball to fire at goal, but Buffon gets down to make a comfortable save.
54' Mandzukic and Carvajal have a coming together down the flank. The forward caught the Madrid man with a stray arm. It's enough to win a free-kick for the home side, but referee Oliver takes no further action.
54' Asensio drills a low ball into the box from the left flank and it forces Buffon into action as pushes the cross away from danger.
53' Ronaldo surges down the right inside channel, beating Chellini with his pace. However, Benatia gets across to make the block to send the ball out for a corner.
51' Alex Sandro whips a cross in with pace towards the box for Mandzukic to attack, but on this occasion it's Varane there with the forward, and the Frenchman heads the ball clear of danger.
49' Costa breaks away from Marcelo down the flank and cuts inside to shoot on his left foot, but he blazes his effort narrowly over the bar.
47' Asensio breaks down the left and cuts the ball inside to Vazquez. However, the midfielder turns the wrong way under pressure and his offload back to Asensio catches his team-mate offside.
Marco Asensio
G. Bale
Real Madrid
46' Bale was underwhelming in the first half and has been replaced by Asensio.
Lucas Vázquez
Real Madrid
46' A surprise from Zidane at the break as Casemiro is withdrawn for Vazquez. Madrid are conceding they may have to outscore their opponents.
46' We're back underway at the Bernabeu.
STAT! Real Madrid are trailing by two goals at HT in a CL home game for the first time since February 2000 (1-3 vs Bayern).
Real Madrid are in danger of following their rivals Barcelona out of the Champions League unless they can stop Juventus' onslaught in the second half. A brace from Mario Mandzukic has brought the Italian outfit within a goal of erasing Madrid's lead in the tie. The veteran forward scored in the second minute with a powerful header at the back post. Mandzukic notched his second with almost a carbon copy once again, directing a header into the net after beating Daniel Carvajal in the air. The reigning champions have had moments in the final third, but Juve are doing enough to thwart them. Without Sergio Ramos' presence at the back, Madrid look shaky to say the least.
45' + 2' The referee ends the first half.
45' + 2' OFF THE BAR! Kroos lifts a dangerous cross into the box from the left and Varane rises highest in the box to power a header at goal, only to be denied by the bar. So close for the home side.
45' + 1' Ronaldo slips on the left flank and Chiellini tries to win possession, but he fouls the Portuguese, handing Madrid a free-kick in a threatening position.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' The home side have space to counter and Isco feeds Ronaldo. However, the Portuguese goes down too easily under contact from Benatia.
43' Juve probe on the edge of the Madrid box, but Casemiro makes a vital interception to stop Costa pulling the trigger from 20 yards out.
42' Carvajal raids down the right flank, but he wastes the opportunity to send a cross into the box, firing his effort over the top for a goal-kick.
41' Vallejo has a nerve jangler at the back as he has to deal with a long ball forward under pressure from Higuain. However, the 21-year-old calmly knocks the ball back to Navas.
39' Madrid are under pressure at the back as Juve probe down the left. Anywhere will do for Varane as he hoofs the ball away from danger.
S. Lichtsteiner
37' Lichtsteiner raids down the right flank and lifts a pinpoint cross for Mandzukic to head home.
M. Mandžukić
37' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MANDZUKIC DOES IT AGAIN!!!! Juve are sending shivers down the spines of the Madrid defence. Carvajal is having a torrid time dealing with the forward in the air at the back post. It's near a carbon copy of the opening goal as Lichsteiner hangs a cross for Mandzukic to attack. He towers above Carvajal and powers a header to the near post. Navas should make the save, but the ball squrims past him to nestle into the bottom corner.
S. Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card
36' Lichtsteiner brings down Ronaldo and goes into the book. There have been a fair share of cynical challenges this evening.
34' SAVE! Isco once again breaks through the Juve defensive line and only has Buffon to beat in the left inside channel. However, the keeper spreads himself and makes the vital block.
33' Isco raids forward down the left and goes for the strike from a tight angle from the edge of the box, narrowly lifting his strike over the bar.
32' BLOCK! Casemiro releases Isco into the left inside channel with a precise pass. The Spaniard runs at Lichtsteiner before cutting the ball back to Kroos to strike. However, the German is denied by a wall of yellow shirts.
30' OVER! From the resulting free-kick, Kroos lifts his cross into the box and it's cleared as far as Marcelo. The full-back goes for the strike at goal, firing his effort narrowly over the bar.
M. Mandžukić
Yellow Card
29' Mandzukic brings down Carvajal on the charge and goes into the book. Both players now have to be careful in their duel.
26' Madrid have stemmed the early tide from the visitors, but are still lacking their usual presence on the pitch. Ronaldo and Bale have not been overly involved.
24' OVER! Khedira latches on to a loose ball 35 yards from goal and goes for the blast for distance, only to guide his effort well over the bar.
Dani Carvajal
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
22' Carvajal catches Mandzukic late and goes into the book. The Spaniard is going to have be very careful now.
21' Costa raids forward through the middle of the pitch and looks for the offload to Matuidi, but his pass is poor and intercepted by Carvajal on the slide.
19' Benatia is squared up by Ronaldo and the Juve defender has no choice but to block off the Portuguese.
S. Lichtsteiner
M. De Sciglio
17' De Sciglio makes way for Lichtsteiner. The full-back is not happy with his manager as he makes his way off the field.
M. Pjanić
Yellow Card
17' Pjanic goes into the book for his challenge.
17' Isco goes on the charge after Modric's beats the press of the visitors with an incisive pass. However, his progress is stopped by Pjanic, who pulls him back.
15' CHANCE! Juve break with pace down the right before Mandzukic delivers a low cross. Varane has to act to steer his cross out for a corner. From the resulting delivery from Costa, Casemiro fails to make the interception and the ball strikes off the knee of Mandzukic into the hands of Navas. A lucky break for Madrid.
13' DISALLOWED GOAL! Ronaldo is denied by a fine save from Buffon after his strike at goal took a deflection off Benatia. Isco pounced on the rebound and converted from a tight angle, only to be denied by the lineman's flag for offside.
12' Chiellini makes a vital intervention at the back to stop Isco latching on to a low cross from Kroos into the box. Madrid broke out from the back with an incisive counter and caught the visitors with a flowing move. However, the veteran defender was in the right place at the right time to make challenge on the slide.
10' SAVE! Madrid cut through the Juve defensive line as Modric releases the run of Bale in the inside right channel. The Welshman sees his effort saved by Buffon before he sends a backheel into the side-netting. Better from the home side.
9' Ronaldo collects on the left flank and tries to squeeze a shot on target, only to be denied by the legs of De Sciglio.
8' SAVE! Higuain is denied by Navas. Costa breaks down the right flank and fires a low ball across the face of goal. Navas steers the ball into the middle of box, but atones for his mistake with a fine block to deny Higuain on the stretch.
7' Juve have learned from their Italian rivals Roma yesterday by playing an up-tempo game. They're not giving Madrid time on the ball anywhere on the pitch.
5' Madrid have been rocked by the start of Juve and are scrambling at the back to keep them bay. De Sciglio lifts a dangerous cross to the back post, which just evades the head of Mandzukic.
3' Higuain breaks into the right inside channel and surges towards the net, but Marcelo covers ground well to block the opening. A fast start from the visitors.
S. Khedira
2' Khedira raids down the right flank and spots Mandzukic's run at the back post, allowing the forward to apply the finish.
M. Mandžukić
2' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MANDZUKIC FINDS THE NET!!!!!! Game on at the Bernabeu as Madrid are exposed down the right and Khedira floats a cross to the back post. Mandzukic pounces unmarked to guide a headed effort past Navas into the net. A clinical finish from the forward, seizing the opening. We couldn't see another memorable comeback, could we?
1' We're underway at the Bernabeu.
STAT! Real Madrid have only failed to win/progress from one of their 32 previous European knockout games in which they won the first leg away from home, losing out to Odense Boldklub in the 1994-95 UEFA Cup (won 3-2 away, lost 0-2 at home).
STAT! This will be the 21st meeting between these two clubs in European competition, with all 20 previous games being in the Champions League or European Cup. Real Madrid have won 10 times, Juventus eight times and there have been two draws.
Juve have made six changes from their win over Benevento at the weekend. Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Khedira, Costa and Higuain all come back into the fold. Dybala misses out due to suspension.
Vallejo is one of four changes made by Zidane from his side's draw with Atletico. Casemiro, Modric and Isco also come back into the fold after starting the derby on the bench.
With Sergio Ramos suspended and Nacho out due to injury, Zidane turns to Vallejo in the middle of the defence to partner Varane. The 21-year-old has made eight appearances for Madrid in all competitions this season, none of which have come in the Champions League. The Spaniard was dismissed in a Copa del Rey clash against Fuenlabrada in October.
Juventus subs: Juan Cuadrado, Claudio Marchisio, Kwadwo Asamoah, Wojciech Szczesny, Daniele Rugani, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Stefano Sturaro.
JUVENTUS (4-3-3): Gianluigi Buffon; Mattia De Sciglio; Mehdi Benatia, Giorgio Chiellini, Alex Sandro; Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi; Douglas Costa, Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic.
Real Madrid subs: Karim Benzema, Kiko Casilla, Theo Hernandez, Lucas Vazquez, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic.
REAL MADRID (4-3-1-2): Keylor Navas; Daniel Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Jesus Vallejo, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco; Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Massimiliano Allegri's men bounced back from their defeat at the hands of Madrid with a victory over Benevento. It was far from a convincing win for Juve, but a hat-trick from Paulo Dybala along with an effort from Douglas Costa secured the three points over Serie A's basement team. Allegri will know that his side will have to be flawless this evening to advance.
The Spanish outfit were off colour at the weekend in the Madrid derby, failing to find top form against their rivals Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo put them ahead, only for Antoine Griezmann to equalise. Diego Simeone's men could have snatched the three points, which will give Juve confidence heading into the clash this evening along with Roma's improbable result against Barcelona last night.
Real Madrid are in control of the match following their 3-0 triumph over the Italian outfit in the first leg. Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular overhead kick was the highlight of the victory, but Zinedine Zidane's men continued their surge for a third Champions League crown on the bounce with another accomplished performance on the continent. Another display of that ilk will see them through to the last four of the competition.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Bernabeu.