Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals helped lift Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over Juventus in the first leg of their Champion’s League quarterfinal Tuesday, and also put him in the record books.
Ronaldo is now the first player in Champion’s League history to hit the back of the net in ten consecutive matches, according to The Telegraph. The Portuguese international scored his first goal in the third minute of the contest, but his second was the highlight. It came on an absolutely sublime overhead bicycle kick in the 63rd minute that brought everyone in the stands to their feet. Ronaldo also set up Marcelo for Madrid’s third goal.
The final tally, however, was hardly indicative of how the game played out. Juventus had two penalty appeals wiped away right before the half. In the first, referee Cuneyt Cakir ruled that Casemiro’s handball was not deliberate and on the second, referees ruled that Casemiro did not foul Dybala in the box, choosing instead to book the Argentinian for diving. Juventus also had plenty of other chances. Dybala’s free kick was deflected narrowly over the bar with Navas wrong-footed and Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a brilliant save midway through the half to deny Gonzalo Higuain.
The two sides will square off again in the return leg April 11.