Uefa Champions League
Real Madrid vs Juventus – 2nd Leg
Match Timing – 12 April, 12:15 AM (IST)
Venue – Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
Italian giants Juventus will face a near-impossible task on Wednesday night, as they try to overhaul a three-goal deficit against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. The Spanish ‘armada’ cruised to a 3-0 win in Turin, and excluding a major collapse at the Santiago Bernabeu, the reigning champions will advance to the semi-finals.
Juventus were on a 25 match unbeaten run before the defeat to Real Madrid. The loss also ended their 5 year-long unbeaten record at Turin in Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, the second a stunning overhead kick, before Marcelo added a third as the holders look to make an eighth consecutive last-four spot after six consecutive last-16 exits.
No team has ever overturned a 0-3 home defeat and the Old Lady's task is even harder with Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur suspended. Sergio Ramos will be missing for the hosts.
Ronaldo was once again written off but 19 goals in the last 13 La Liga games highlight that the Portuguese forward is once again hitting form when it matters the most. The 33-year-old has now scored 23 goals and five assists in 24 La Liga games.
His numbers in the Champions League are even more impressive with 14 goals in nine Champions League matches including a stunning bicycle kick in the first leg that resulted in a standing ovation by the Juventus crowd.
Real have a foot and a half in the next round of the tournament. Real have not been eliminated before the final of the tournament since 2015 and have since won two titles in a row. The result in the first leg now puts Real once again at the very front of the line to win the title.
Real captain Sergio Ramos is suspended after he picked up a booking in the first leg. Centre back Nacho Fernandez is out with a thigh injury, while youngster Jesus Vallejo could be included on the bench having recovered from a hamstring injury.
Juventus will be without star man Paulo Dybala after he received two yellow cards in the reverse fixture, and winger Federico Bernardeschi remains out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Ronaldo, Benzema, Isco.
Buffon, De Sciglio, Chiellini, Barzagli, Lichtsteiner, Khedira, Matuidi, Marchisio, Mehdi Benatia, Cuadrado, Higuain.
Real Madrid: 3/5