Live Commentary: Real Madrid 0-2 Juventus

Good evening and welcome to freekick blog’s live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Real Madrid and Juventus.

Real Madrid are the overwhelming favourites to make yet another European Cup semi-final courtesy of their 3-0 win in the first leg last week.

Los Blancos are bidding to reach the final four of this competition for the eighth year in a row, and will be extremely confident of finishing the job in front of their own supporters tonight.

Stay tuned for live minute-by-minute coverage of the action from the Bernabeu.


REAL MADRID: Keylor; Carvajal, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Isco, Ronaldo, Bale

JUVENTUS: Buffon; De Sciglio, Benatia, Chiellini, Sandro; Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi; Costa, Higuain, Mandzukic

38 min Oh my goodness me! Juventus have their second of the night, and it is Mandzukic once again as the striker heads a super Lichtsteiner cross into the corner of the net. Absolute scenes in Madrid!

37 min GOAL! Real Madrid 0-2 Juventus (Mandzukic)

36 min BOOKING! Lichtsteiner (Juventus) is booked for a pull on Ronaldo.

35 minSAVE! Huge save from Buffon as the Juventus goalkeeper keeps out a close-range Isco effort after the Spaniard had been released by Ronaldo. Excellent stuff from Buffon there!

34 min Isco lifts the ball over the Juventus crossbar after working some space just inside the penalty box. It must be said that the first 34 minutes of this second leg have flown past. What a game it has been.

33 min Kroos has a goal-bound strike blocked after a smart pick-out from Isco.

33 min Ronaldo is not too happy with tonight’s English referee as he feels that he is receiving some rough treatment. There have already been three yellow cards in this match, and I suspect that will rise.

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31 min Marcelo hits one from just outside the Juventus box, but his effort was always rising over the crossbar. The Brazilian had all sorts of space, and might well have done better from that position.

29 min BOOKING! Mandzukic (Juventus) is booked for a poor tackle on Carvajal.

28 min Higuain continues to impress for the away side as he picks the ball up in a central area before popping it wide and working his way towards goal. Varane, however, is across to make the challenge. Casemiro is having a tough time in the Real Madrid midfield at the moment as Khedira continues to win the battle.

26 min Khedira releases one from distance, but his effort was always moving wide of the post.

25 min Mandzukic is finally back on his feet following a period of treatment. Juventus just need to be careful that they do not get pinned back here as Real Madrid move the ball with pace in the final third.

23 min BOOKING! Carvajal (Real Madrid) is booked for a late challenge on Mandzukic.

23 min Costa breaks clear for Juventus before looking to release Mandzukic down the opposite side, but Carvajal is on hand to make the challenge. It is an end-to-end match with 23 minutes on the clock.

21 min Benatia is a touch fortunate to escape a yellow for bringing Ronaldo to the deck.

20 min Good pressure from Real Madrid in the last few minutes as they keep the ball in and around the Juventus box. Ronaldo seems to be working a lot of space in the final third, while Isco is finding space between the lines. I just cannot see Juventus keeping Real Madrid out in this match.

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17 min JUVENTUS SUB! Juventus are forced into an early change as De Sciglio, who looks injured, is replaced by Lichtsteiner. Not great news for the away side it must be said.

17 min BOOKING! Pjanic (Juventus) is booked for pulling Isco’s shirt.

16 min CHANCE! Navas manages to keep out an effort from Mandzukic, who looked to bundle the ball towards goal following a corner. Chances at either end here – brilliant game of football.

15 min Isco was onside! The goal should have stood!

14 min GOAL DISALLOWED! Isco fires home after Buffon had kept out a strike from Ronaldo, but the goal has been disallowed. That looked very tight indeed.

13 min It has been a decent response from the home side, with Bale causing problems in the wide positions. Isco has just had a half-chance, meanwhile, but his flicked effort did not have enough power.

11 min CHANCE! Big chance for Real Madrid as Modric releases Bale inside the Juventus box, but the Welshman cannot poke the ball past Buffon, who is on hand to make a smart save.

10 min Real Madrid break clear down the right as Bale finds some room before delivering towards Ronaldo, but the number seven sees his effort blocked by Benatia. Just a few signs that the home side are warming to their task with 10 minutes on the clock. I would be astounded if we had seen the last of the goals here.

8 min SAVE! Navas keeps out a close-range Higuain effort after Costa had broken clear down the left! Real Madrid are all over the place in a defensive area at the moment!

7 min Juventus continue to force the issue in the early stages as De Sciglio breaks forward before delivering a deep cross towards Higuain, but the Argentine cannot make contact. Real Madrid are yet to settle here as Juventus enjoy a lot of the possession. Carvajal urges his teammates to settle down here.

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5 min Roma incredibly overcame Barcelona last night, but surely this would top that? It is important not to get carried away due to Real Madrid’s advantage, but it is the start that the home fans feared here.

3 min Oh my goodness! Juventus have their early goal! It is the dream start for the Italian champions as Mandzukic heads a deep Khedira cross into the back of the net from close range!

2 min GOAL! Real Madrid 0-1 Juventus (Mandzukic)

2 min… it must be said that there is a wonderful atmosphere inside the stadium tonight. If Juventus have serious ambitions of turning things around then they need to quieten the crowd with an early goal.

0 min KICKOFF! Real Madrid kick things off in Spain…