Real Madrid player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo keeps his cool but Keylor Navas flops

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Cristiano Ronaldo held his nerve to send Madrid through to the semi-finals.

Another thrilling Champions League game saw Juventus nearly pull off another stunning comeback as they took a 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid.

However, a dramatic finish saw Cristiano Ronaldo score an injury-time penalty to send Madrid through to the semi-finals after Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for protesting the penalty decision.

Here’s how the Madrid players perform.

STARTING XI

Keylor Navas 3 – An absolute howler for Juventus’ third goal. Moments like these are why Madrid are always linked with goalkeepers in the transfer market.

Dani Carvajal 4 – Was caught out twice against Mario Mandzukic, for two goals. Didn’t receive enough help from his fellow defenders, but bears some responsibility himself.

Raphael Varane 5 – Should have done better for the first goal, when his movement dragged the entire defence wide to leave Mandzukic open. Nearly made amends with a thumping header against the bar.

Jesus Vallejo 5 – Looked nervous, making his Champions League debut, but ended up just about being Madrid’s best defender.

Marcelo 4 – Left his defence exposed too often, and all three Juventus goals came from his flank. Usually an underrated defender, but on Wednesday he was caught out.

Luka Modric 5 – Played some delightful passes to get Madrid out of pressure at times, but lost his duel with Blaise Matuidi. Taken off for Kovacic to give the side some solidity.

Casemiro 4 – Taken off at half-time after a rare poor outing. Should have been providing cover for Carvajal given the mismatch with Mandzukic.

Toni Kroos 5 – Conducted the midfield when Madrid were attacking, but was overrun when Juventus attacked. Bossed the game towards the end to redeem himself.

Isco 6 – Pulled the Juve defence from side to side with his running, but with less impact compared to his first-leg performance.

Gareth Bale 5 – Given a chance to impress and didn’t take it. Barely got on the ball, didn’t have an impact when he did, and was hauled off at half-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo 7 – Ice cool for his penalty and always a threat. With all the pressure and all the madness going around him, to put that way as emphatically as he did was sublime.

SUBSTITUTES

Lucas Vazquez 7 – Made an impact after coming on at half-time, playing a couple of good passes in the final third. Went down easily for the penalty – but was entitled to, with the contact.

Marco Asensio 6 – Provided cover for Marcelo on the left, which was missing in the first half. Linked up well with the rest of his attack.

Matteo Kovacic 6 – Came in and stabilised Madrid’s midfield after Juve had been overrunning his colleagues all evening long.

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Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Juventus hearts to send Real Madrid through to semis

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time penalty to book Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League semi-finals after losing the second leg 3-1, but winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate.

Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid’s three-goal advantage from the first leg with Mario Mandzukic scoring twice before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 after an hour.

But with the tie heading towards extra-time, Madrid were awarded a penalty following Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas.

Gianluigi Buffon was shown a red card by Michael Oliver for protesting the decision, leaving Ronaldo to score his 41st goal of the season from the spot past substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Trailing 3-0, Juventus needed a positive start to get back into the tie and Mandzukic gave the Bianconeri the perfect start by heading home Sami Khedira’s lofted cross to the back post with 90 seconds played to make it 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

Gareth Bale came close to restoring Madrid’s three-goal aggregate lead but his shot was saved by Buffon and Bale’s follow-up back heel found the side netting.

In a wide open start to the game, Isco had the ball in the back of Juventus’ net, but the flag was up for offside as he followed up after Buffon spilled Ronaldo’s shot.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was forced into a substitution after just 17 minutes, replacing Mattia De Sciglio with Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Juventus were indebted to their 40-year-old goalkeeper Buffon who denied Isco with a fine save after Ronaldo’s through ball created the chance.

That save proved to be crucial as three minutes later Mandzukic scored with another back post header, this time from Lichtsteiner’s cross from the right.

In added time at the end of a pulsating first half, Raphael Varane saw his header from six yards out rebound off the bar after being picked out by Toni Kroos’ delivery from the left.

With half an hour to play, Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid’s three-goal advantage. Keylor Navas failed to collect a cross into the box and Matuidi was in the right place at the right time to poke the ball home for an improbable equaliser.

Real Madrid searched for the first home goal of the tie and Isco forced Buffon into another good save as he turned the shot past the post for a corner from which Varane’s shot on the turn sailed wide.

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

The Portuguese played a pivotal role in the conclusion to the game. It was his header that Lucas was about to control when Benatia was adjudged to have fouled the Madrid man six yards from goal.

Buffon took his protests too far and was sent off by the English referee before Ronaldo showed great composure to fire his penalty past Szczesny to send the defending champions through to the semi-finals.

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Zinedine Zidane adjusts tactics as Real Madrid go through in late show against Juventus

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Juventus put on a stellar showing to beat Real Madrid 3-1 in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, it wasn’t enough as an injury-time penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo saw the hosts go through 4-3 on aggregate after a Mario Mandzukic brace and Blaise Matuidi strike had levelled the two-legged tie.

Massimiliano Allegri was spot on with his tactics, but Zinedine Zidane did just enough to edge the win.

STATS

REAL MADRID

Goals – 1

Shots – 18

Possession – 62%

Tackles – 11

Dribbles – 11

JUVENTUS

Goals – 3

Shots – 11

Possession – 38%

Tackles – 9

Dribbles – 13

30-SECOND REPORT

Zidane

The Frenchman deployed a 4-1-3-2 formation to begin with. Ronaldo and Gareth Bale started in attack with Isco in support. The system was designed to contain Juve and pounce on the counter-attack.

Indeed, when they did break they looked dangerous but the Italians defended superbly to cope with that threat. As a whole though, Madrid weren’t prepared for the kind of onslaught the away side launched and Zidane had to rethink his approach in the second period.

Allegri

The Juve boss stuck to a 4-3-3 formation and pushed his team forward as they attempted to force Madrid into errors. The hosts were caught off guard, while using Mandzukic’s aerial supremacy over Dani Carvajal was a clear ploy as well – he scored the opener.

Allegri then replaced Mattia De Sciglio with fellow right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner in the 17th minute, presumably to cope with Ronaldo’s threat and it was his cross that set up Mandzukic for the second.

Mario Mandzukic of Juventus celebrates

Mario Mandzukic of Juventus celebrates

TACTICAL TALKING POINTS

Zidane

FORMATION CHANGE

Bale was not on his game and his substitution at half-time saw Ronaldo play up front on his own. Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were introduced as Madrid switched to a 4-2-3-1, with Casemiro going off as well.

The move was meant to generate some width for Los Blancos as Juve comfortably coped with the two pronged attack of Bale and Ronaldo. Meanwhile, it also served to occupy the full-backs who were being allowed too much freedom to get forward as Lichtsteiner did so effectively for Juve’s second.

Allegri

CLOSING DOWN

Juve needed to start on the front foot and that’s precisely what they did.

They hassled and harried Madrid right from the start and enforced the high press as much as possible, putting pressure on the hosts’ defence missing the experience of Sergio Ramos.

Casemiro fell victim to their closing down early on and Sami Khedira’s delightful chip towards the far post saw Mandzukic make the breakthrough. Khedira and Matuidi in particular ran their socks off and didn’t allow Madrid’s midfield the time and space to find their rhythm.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the spot again.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the spot again.

VERDICT

Zidane

Was taken aback by the way Juventus started the game and from a tactical point of view was soundly beaten in the first half. However, his half-time changes seemed to steady the ship and offer his team a new dimension in attack though he rode his luck a bit.

Rating – 6/10

Allegri

Arrived at the Bernabeu with a perfectly laid plan and it was all going swimmingly. Even when Madrid got to grips with the scenario in the second half, Juve seemed to be in control before a penalty at the death cancelled out their hard work.

Rating – 7/10

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