Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick the highlight of the day as Real Madrid beat Juventus 3-0: As it happened

Cristiano Ronaldo scored Real Madrid's second goal with an inch-perfect overhead kick that prompted Juventus stadium to give him a standing ovation.

Cristiano Ronaldo nailed an inch-perfect bicycle kick to double Real’s lead. (Source: Reuters)

The home fans go silent for a second, and then a vast majority of them stand up, adjust their raincoats and start applauding. Down on the pitch, Cristiano Ronaldo runs towards the left corner but he doesn’t complete his typical ‘jump, twirl in the air and land with both legs kilometres apart with hands by the side’ celebrations. Instead, he just looks up at the stands, celebrates with his team mates, then looks up at the rest of the stadium and gestures in appreciation for the applause he was receiving from the Juventus fans. His manager, Zinedine Zidane seems to have finally completed the process of crossing the boundary between manager and fan. Cristiano Ronaldo’s bicycle kick has basically made whatever else happened in this match seem absolutely redundant.

Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid, Champions League quarter final first leg: Match highlights

  1. 2:14AM
    04 Apr, 18
    FULL TIME! Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid

    Juventus started poorly and then picked themselves up. How the first half had only one goal is a wonder with both sides having a number of chances to equalise or go further ahead. The home side made a much more positive start to the second half and looked like they were starting to dictate terms until of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. Remember the name. This young lad might go on to do great things in the future. 

  2. 2:05AM
    04 Apr, 18
    90 mins

    Ronaldo dribbles into the box and unleashes an almighty shot, Buffon tips it awway. Moments later, Lucas Vazquez whips a ball into the box from the right, Ronaldo is practically the only man there apart from Buffon and he ends up skying a tap in. We are doing only bicycle kicks today no easy goals please. 

  3. 1:58AM
    04 Apr, 18
    83 mins

    Cuadrado has a go at the linesman for not giving him a throw in but he faces no consequences for that. Juventus are completely flattened now. Just after that, Barzagli scoffs a simple pass back to Buffon, Ronaldo gets there and chips it but it is over. But does any of that matter any more?

  4. 1:53AM
    04 Apr, 18
    78 mins

    A lull after those crazy few minutes that helps us take in that Ronaldo goal, or rather the reactions to it. The Juventus fans, who have been booing him throughout the night, stood up and clapped. Ronaldo, in response gave them a thumbs up, showing his appreciation. On the touchline, Zinedine Zidane, who knows a thing or two about scoring great goals and silencing stadiums, had a dumbstruck look on his face and covered his shining bald head with one hand. Those few seconds can be compared to the content one would include while writing a love letter to the game of football. 

  5. 1:48AM
    04 Apr, 18
    GOAL! Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid (Marcelo 72 mins)

    Real are running away with this now. Marcelo cuts in from the left, one-two with Isco, then a one-two with Ronaldo, and then one more to get past Buffon and one more to pass it into an empty net. If that Ronaldo goal was a heavy metal song, this one was classical music. 

  6. 1:44AM
    04 Apr, 18
    ABOUT THE GOAL

    You will be seeing it everywhere for some time now. This is the kind of stuff that make it into the Cristiano Ronaldo top 10 best goals video compilations we find all over Youtube. It all starts with Chiellini and Buffon mixing up and Ronaldo running behind the loose ball inside the box, an empty net gaping at him. By the time he gets to the ball, though, Buffon is back on his feet and has cut out considerable space for a shot so Ronaldo passes to Vazquez who is more centrally placed and has acres of space inside the box. He takes the shot that Buffon saves brilliantly and the ball bounces to the right from where Carvajal hooks in. Ronaldo is there, he jumps, stretches and suspends himself in the air before meeting the ball with his foot and sending it past Buffon. A great goal from one of the all-time greats of the sporting world and Juventus stadium stands up and applauds. 

  7. 1:40AM
    04 Apr, 18
    RED CARD Paulo Dybala

    Dybala gets a straight red for a high foot on Dani Carvajal. Juventus were looking like they were getting a grip on this match just minutes ago. Now they look anywhere but in the game. 

  8. 1:39AM
    04 Apr, 18
    GOAL! Juventus 0-2 Real Madrid (Ronaldo 64 mins)

    RONALDO WITH THE PERFECT OVERHEAD KICK! That was so good even Juventus fans are applauding it. 

  9. 1:35AM
    04 Apr, 18
    61 mins

    A lull in play and Real won't mind that one bit. Juventus are dominating possession but are doing precious little with it. 

  10. 1:30AM
    04 Apr, 18
    54 mins Juventus 0-1 Real

    Ramos fouls Dybala at the edge of the box and himself goes down clutching his face. Referee gives him a yellow card which means Ramos will miss the second leg. For once, though he had a case, Dybala's hand did smash against his face as the former went down. Ramos' reputation may have done him in this case. Dybala takes the free kick and it takes a big deflection and goes to the left while Navas goes to the right. Thankfully for him the ball bounces away from goal. 

  11. 1:26AM
    04 Apr, 18
    49 mins

    Benzema takes the ball off the feet of Bentacur and makes his way into the box down the right. He loses control of the ball but Ronaldo gets to it and takes a shot from a very awkward angle, it goes past the far post. 

  12. 1:22AM
    04 Apr, 18
    48 mins

    Douglas Costa makes his way down the right and whips a low ball in. It misses everyone but would have certainly been converted if anybody stuck out a foot. A much better start from Costa , he was almost nonexistent in the first. 

  13. 1:07AM
    04 Apr, 18
    HALF TIME! Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid

    That booking was almost the last act of what has been a thriller of a first half. It really is surprising that we have seen only one goal so far as both sides have put attack first. Real Madrid's intent, Juve's poor defence and Cristiano Ronaldo's habit of scoring whenever he sticks his foot or head out inside the opposition box gave the away side the lead. Juventus have responded well to that early set back but are yet to reap any tangible rewards. 

    Here is the goal (Reuters Image)

  14. 1:02AM
    04 Apr, 18
    45 mins

    Dybala tries to get into the box with Casemiro trying to stop him just inside the box, gets the ball past him and goes down. It seems something in the air tripped him because that was the only thing present between his and Casemiro's leg. Referee also thinks that is a load of nonsense and gives Dybala a yellow card for simulation. Not a word from the Argentine in response. 

  15. 1:00AM
    04 Apr, 18
    43 mins

    Chiellini and Casemiro try to win a ball, the former by standing where he is and the latter by flying in behind him. Chiellini heads it down and it hits Casemiro on the hand inside the Real box, Juventus stadium appeals for handball but the referee says play on. 

  16. 12:58AM
    04 Apr, 18
    42 mins

    Bentancur takes a shot from a similar range that Kroos tried some time back. Only difference is that instead of hitting the bar, the ball has certainly hit the roof of that part of the stadium. 

  17. 12:56AM
    04 Apr, 18
    38 mins gone

    Some really good chances on both sides. Toni Kroos whips in a shot some 25 yards away and it catches Buffon completely by surprise. It beats him and bounces off the bar. Dybala then curls in a corner kick that falls for Chiellini but his header is completely off target. 

  18. 12:49AM
    04 Apr, 18
    30 mins gone Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid

    Apart from that goal, nothing much to seperate the two sides. Sergio Ramos gets a talking to from the referee for a shove on Chiellini during a corner. 

  19. 12:44AM
    04 Apr, 18
    25 mins gone, Juventus 0-1 Real

    Dybala swerves in a free kick that swerves behind the Real defence, Higuain sticks out a foot to meet it and Navas makes a brilliant reaction save to deny the Argentine. 

  20. 12:31AM
    04 Apr, 18
    12 mins Juventus trying to make amends

    Higuain manages to get in behind the Real defence down the left and completes a cut back that seems to have caught Rodrigo Bentancur by surprise and the ball bounces off his feet. 

  21. 12:23AM
    04 Apr, 18
    6 mins,

    And Juve respond straightaway. They somehow get the ball out of their half despite Real's incessant pressing, pass around in midfield in some time before Dybala finds some space to run into inside the box, he takes the shot but Ramos stays with him and deflects it away, 

  22. 12:21AM
    04 Apr, 18
    GOAL! Juventus vs Real Madird (Ronaldo 3 mins)

    Well that was quick! Real Madrid kick off the game and are on the throats of the home side straightaway, Isco runs into space down the right, unchecked by De Schiglio, puts in the pass, Ronaldo comes in from behind the two Juve shirts standing in front of him and taps it in with aplomb. Real rewarded for their intent, Juve punished for some uncharacteristically poor defending.

  23. 12:15AM
    04 Apr, 18
    Teams

    Juventus have brought in Mattia De Sciglio, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Rodrigo Bentancur in place of Stephan Lichtsteiner, Blaise Matuidi, Mehdi Benatia and the suspended Miralem Pjanic, all of whom were in the team that beat Milan 3-1 on Saturday. 

    Real Madrid have brought back Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos, Marcelo, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

  24. 11:59PM
    03 Apr, 18
    TEAMS!

    Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio, Barzagli, Chiellini, Asamoah, Khedira, Bentancur, Costa, Sandro, Dybala, Higuain.Subs: Szczesny, Cuadrado, Marchisio, Matuidi, Mandzukic, Rugani, Lichtsteiner.

    Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema.Subs: Casilla, Vallejo, Bale, Hernandez, Vazquez, Asensio, Kovacic.

    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey).

  25. 11:58PM
    03 Apr, 18
    Hello and welcome to a two-legged repeat of the 2017 final

    Juventus had reached the final of the Champions League three times in a rown between 1996 and 1998. They won it in the first year and were runners up in the next two, the last of which was a loss against Real Madrid. Real have since won the Champions League five times, Juventus have reached the finals thrice. They are two clubs that are regulars in the Champions League knockout stages, with Juventus missing out only the few years that followed the Calciopoli.

    The Old Lady are a different side from the one that faced Real last season in Cardiff. There is no Leonardo Bonucci or Dani Alves, both of whome were vital in their run to the final. Judging from the situations the two sides find themselves in, it is fair to say that Real do hold an edge. Miralem Pjanic and Mehdi Benatia are both suspended for the Turin leg. Juventus are also fighting in the Serie A while La Liga is a lost cause for Real. Los Blancos are also practically injury which means they can afford to throw everything they have got here, unlike their opponents.