Real Madrid have made it three wins from three in the Champions League group stages so far, with a first half brace from Cristiano Ronaldo ensuring they recorded a 2-1 win at home to 10-man Juventus. The Italian visitors had defender Giorgio Chiellini sent off in the second half, with their defeat meaning they are still looking for a first European win this season.
It was the home goalkeeper Iker Casillas who was forced into the first save, diving to deny Claudio Marchisio from distance inside the first couple of minutes. However, it was Real Madrid who found themselves on the scoresheet early on, with Cristiano Ronaldo netting just two minutes later. Played onside by Juventus right back Martín Cáceres, his run straight through their defense was found by Ángel di María's cutting pass, and Ronaldo had no problems rounding Gianluigi Buffon and chipping into an open goal for 1-0.
The game's scrappy opening saw many fouls committed and Juventus struggle with the pace and pressing of their opponents. Gradually they grew in confidence and started moving the ball quicker, with striker Carlos Tévez going close twice in quick succession after a quarter-of-an-hour. When they equalized 22 minutes in, it had been coming. Cáceres' cross from the right was headed goalwards at the back post by Paul Pogba, with Fernando Llorente on hand to convert the rebound on Casillas' initial save.
However, they were level for only six minutes before Giorgio Chiellini hauled Real defender Sergio Ramos down in the area, and a penalty was awarded. Needless to say, Ronaldo had no trouble dispatching the spot-kick and reestablishing the hosts' lead just short of the half-hour. Juventus did have a couple of further chances to equalize before the break, with Andrea Pirlo skying the best from a tight angle in the area five minutes after Ronaldo's second.
Any hope Juventus had of drawing level in the second half was dashed within three minutes of the restart, with Chellini's night going from bad to finished. He raised his arm somewhere in the vicinity of Ronaldo's face, prompting the Portuguese attacker to go to ground and the referee to produce a very harsh red card. An enforced substitution saw Juve coach Antonio Conte throw on defender Leonardo Bonucci for Llorente, with the bianconeri looking like slipping into damage limitation mode.
The hosts should've taken advantage of their extra man on the hour, though Karim Benzema failed to convert Álvaro Arbeloa's low cross from the right, despite being practically on the goalline. Sami Khedira broke into the Juve box inside the final 20 minutes, though much to Buffon's delight elected to chip the ball, with the veteran keeper making a comfortable save. Juventus kept Real on their heels despite being a man short, though couldn't stop the Merengues coming away with a hard-fought 2-1 win.
Real Madrid starting lineup: Iker Casillas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Álvaro Arbeloa; Asier Illarramendi (Isco 71), Sami Khedira; Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modrić, Ángel di María (Álvaro Morata 79'); Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale 67').
Goals: Ronaldo 4', pen 28'.
Juventus starting lineup: Gianluigi Buffon; Angelo Ogbonna (Sebastian Giovinco 69'), Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli, Martín Cáceres; Paul Pogba, Andrea Pirlo (Kwadwo Asamoah 59'), Arturo Vidal; Claudio Marchisio; Fernando Llorente (Leonardo Bonucci 50'), Carlos Tévez.
Goals: Llorente 22'.
Red cards: Chiellini 48'.