Group B: Real Madrid 2 Juventus 1
Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo saw Real Madrid all but book its place in the last 16 of the Champions League after beating 10-man Juventus 2-1 at the Bernabeu.
Los Blancos produced a far from convincing performance even after
The Portuguese forward gave Madrid the lead four minutes into the game but Spanish striker
But it was Madrid which took the lead as Ronaldo beat the offside trap to get onto the end of a through ball from
Juventus did not drop off after the goal and
The play originated with a quick ball from
Pogba came close to putting Juve ahead a few moments after the equaliser but shot just wide of the left hand post.
Madrid struggled to impose its authority on the game but was back in front soon enough when Chiellini brought
Buffon dived the right way but Ronaldo's penalty was too powerful for him to keep out.
Pirlo then shot over the bar from close range, albeit from a tough angle, and at the other end Ronaldo fired several feet wide of the right hand post.
Although Juve went into the break a goal behind, its performance would have given it belief they could of turn things round.
But its hopes were dashed barely five minutes into the second half when Chiellini was sent off for an elbow on Ronaldo as the Portuguese attacked down the right hand side.
Karim Benzema should have put the game to bed after receiving a low pass from
The Frenchman's low level of confidence became more apparent a few minutes later when he failed to control a simple ball from
Barely a minute later, he was replaced by
Despite its man advantage, Madrid did not look in control and Juventus substitute
Giovinco could have made Madrid pay late on as he surged into the box but was too indecisive and failed to get a shot away with Pepe eventually clearing the danger.
Madrid now leads Group B with nine points and requires just a point in the return fixture in