A Tense Affair at Madrid

by Sports | 12-04-2018 | 574 views

Madrid: Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane before the second leg match of the quarter finals said that the tie is far from over and that his team would have to suffer greatly in the second leg and that is exactly what happened when a rejuvenated Juventus side took the game to the reigning champions.

Juventus could not have hoped for a better start as Mandzukic headed the first goal in the second minute from a sublime cross from Khedira and later doubled his tally with a similar goal at the 37th minute. Juventus completely controlled the first half with Real having few good chances that they couldn’t bury. Seeing his side getting pushed back, the French manager was quick to make 2 substitutions with Asensio and Vazquez replacing a not so effective Bale and a defensively strong Casemiro at the half time whistle. Real hoped to hold the midfield with 5 midfielder against Juventus’s 4 but the plan didn’t come to fruition as Matuidi scored the third at the stroke of the hour and completed the comeback. It was after the game leveled on aggregate that the Spanish Giants looked to be actually playing like their usual self. Madrid kept trying to find a crack in Juventus’s defensive wall which at this point were two walls of four and had six members on a yellow card but with no solid luck and like all high profile games the controversy in this game popped up at the 93rd minute when Real was awarded a penalty following a push on Vazquez by Benatia, needless to say the entire Juventus team engulfed the referee to revoke his decision and during this heated moment captain of the ‘Vecchia Signora’ Buffon proceeded to push the referee twice which earned him an immediate red card. Szczęsny came in to try to stop the last second penalty and become the hero for Italy but he was facing the world’s best player as Cristiano Ronaldo slotted in from the penalty spot at the 97th minute and promoted Real to their 8th consecutive Semi Final berth in the Champions League.

It was one of the nights that every football fan shouldn’t have missed. Juventus came into the match with the confidence to pull off what their Italian brethren Roma did to Real’s rivals Barcelona. You could see the transition of spirit within the Bernabéu Stadium from the first whistle to the last as they waited in anticipation for the final whistle. The Madrid captain Ramos who was suspended this match was caught by the cameras in the stands after Juventus’s first goal where he was smiling and still brimming with confidence. After the second goal we saw a rather worried Ramos sitting at the edge of his seat and then after Juventus leveled in aggregate the cameras picked him up in the tunnel screaming instructions at his side. Ramos could miss the next match for proceeding to the tunnels after being suspended.

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