Ronaldo magic fires Real past 10-man Juventus


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores his second goal against Juventus during Real’s 3-0 victory at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on April 3, 2018. (AFP)

TURIN, April 4: Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games as he struck twice for holders Real Madrid in a 3-0 win at Juventus in Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg.
Ronaldo grabbed the opening goal in Turin after just three minutes and added a second on the hour with a sensational overhead bicycle kick, taking him to 14 goals in this season’s competition.
Juventus forward Paulo Dybala was sent off on 66 minutes before Ronaldo set up Marcelo to cap the rout and leave Real in complete control of the tie going into the second leg in Madrid on April 11.
The 33-year-old Portugal star had shared the previous goal scoring record with former Manchester United team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy, who found the net in nine consecutive matches between 2002 and 2003.
“You can say he’s one of the most beautiful players in the history of football,” said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.
“It’s not easy to get three goals past Juve on their own pitch. But in the end it was teamwork, you have to work as a team to get this result.”
“Of course Juventus aren’t happy with the result tonight, but I will always have Juve in my heart,” added Zidane, who spent five seasons at the Italian club as a player. (AFP)