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Ronaldo shoots down 10-man Juve

Global Times (2013-10-25 P24)
By Reuters – Global Times
Cristiano Ronaldo (front) duels for the ball with Martin Caceres on Wednesday. Photo: IC

Cristiano Ronaldo (front) duels for the ball with Martin Caceres on Wednesday. Photo: IC

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his blistering start to Real Madrid's Champions League campaign when he struck twice in a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Juventus on Tuesday that put Real firmly in charge of Group B.

The Portuguese forward's double took his goal tally in Europe's elite club competition to seven in three appearances this season, only the second player to achieve the feat after AC ­Milan's Filippo Inzaghi who retired in July 2012.

Ronaldo, who has also been on ­prolific form in La Liga, put Real ahead in the fourth minute at the Bernabeu when he sped onto ­Angel di Maria's pass, rounded Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and finished superbly from a tight angle.

Spain forward Fernando Llorente leveled for the visitors in the 22nd minute before the referee ruled Giorgio Chiellini had impeded Sergio Ramos in the penalty area and Ronaldo put away the 29th-minute spot kick.

Italy center back Chiellini had a night to forget as he was shown a straight red card three minutes into the second half when he checked Ronaldo's run down the right with a flailing arm and Juve hardly threatened Real's goal for the rest of the game.

Real, seeking the 10th European crown that has eluded them since 2002, top the group with a perfect nine points with three games to play, with Galatasaray in second on four points after they thumped bottom-placed FC Copenhagen 3-1 in Istanbul.

Juve are third on two points and the Italian champions are in real danger of failing to make the last 16 with their next game at home to Real looming on November 5.

Ronaldo's brace lifted him above former Real and Manchester ­United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy into third on the all-time list of Champions League top scorers with 57 goals.

Only Barcelona forward Lionel Messi with 63 and Raul, another ex-Real forward, with 71 are ahead of the 28-year-old.

Juve, two-time European champions, came into the match in Madrid after suffering their first defeat of the Serie A season when they squandered a two-goal lead and conceded four times in 14 minutes to lose 4-2 against Fiorentina on Sunday.

Before Chiellini's dismissal they looked capable of challenging Real, with Carlos Tevez busy up front and the impressive Paul Pogba roving down the left.

However, once they were a man down, they could only muster three attempts on goal compared to 10 in the first half.

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