The Portuguese stunned the Allegri side after just three minutes, stabbing home to give his side a vital away goal at the Juventus Stadium. Ronaldo’s first goal from close range was the quickest of his career.
The Italian side had chances to equalise in a decent first half, although Toni Kroos went close to doubling Real’s lead when he hit the crossbar with a 25-yard effort.
Then came one of the great Champions League moments. Dani Carvajal lifted a cross to the Portuguese, who soared in the air and sent a flying acrobatic kick past Gianluigi Buffon, who had no chance.
The Real Madrid superstar who had been booed by the home fans following his third-minute opener in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin, receives applause from more than forty thousand people who were on their feet to acknowledge a genius at work. Even the Juventus fans who had packed into the Juventus Stadium couldn’t help but clap his excellent strike that made it 2-0.
Stoke striker and Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch also couldn’t let it go without his reaction. ‘There is only a few of us who can do that,’ Crouch tweeted, referencing the goal he scored for Liverpool against Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Such moments are rare in a sport of tribes and such is the effect of Cristiano Ronaldo. With this two goals, Cristiano Ronaldo made history as the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games.
It got even worse for the Turin side, who lost last year’s final to Real, as Paulo Dybala was shown a second yellow card for a high boot in the chest of Carvajal. After he was booked with first yellow card for diving when he threw himself to the ground in the first half.
A few minutes later after 71 minutes, Marcelo then heaped more misery on the Serie A champions and got himself on the scoresheet, rounding Gianluigi Buffon before tapping home for 3-0.