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Juventus pick up the pieces as Cristiano Ronaldo takes the plaudits

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Juventus were left to pick up the pieces on Wednesday after being stunned by Cristiano Ronaldo's overhead goal in their Champions League clash against Real Madrid, with questions aimed at their stalwart defenders and playmaker Paulo Dybala.

Utterly dominant in Serie A, where they are on course for a seventh successive title, the Turin side have been found wanting in their most recent meetings with Europe's elite clubs.

They were hammered 4-1 by Real Madrid in last year's Champions League final, beaten 3-0 at Barcelona in the group stage this season and then lost by the same score to Real on Tuesday in their usually impregnable Allianz stadium.

Juventus fans have been left wondering whether their team were just the victims of Ronaldo's brilliance or if the Turin side have been flattered all along by their Serie A results.

Juve played well for about an hour of Tuesday's quarter-final first leg, when only a Keylor Navas reflex save denied them an equaliser, but they were ultimately outclassed and grateful to be spared more humiliation in the final 10 minutes.

Perhaps the biggest question mark concerns playmaker Paulo Dybala, who was sent off for a high challenge.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri had promised a "great performance" from the Argentine but, not for the first time, the 24-year-old known as 'The Jewel' did not quite live up to his billing, despite a lively and confident start.

He sent two free kicks into the Real wall and squandered a Juve counter-attack by kicking the ball out because Real's Dani Carvajal was apparently injured, even though the referee did not stop play.








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