Juve Thrash Barca, Real Madrid Comeback vs. Bayern
April 11, 2017
Mario Mandžukić and Juventus overcame a huge hurdle Tuesday night, thrashing Barcelona 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal round. It was supposed to be played alongside Borussia Dortmund v. Monaco, however a bus attack prior to the game suspended the match. The match is now scheduled for early Wednesday night.
Mandžukić and Ivan Rakitić played the full 90 minutes for their respective clubs with Mandza assisting on Dybala’s second goal and getting rough with Lionel Messi while Rakitić had a night to forget. Barcelona came back from a 4-0 first leg deficit last round against PSG, so if anyone can do it again, it’s them; with a much tougher club in Juventus.
Wednesday night, Luka Modrić & Co. came back against Bayern Munich to win 2-1 in Germany. Vidal scored a header off a corner kick in the first half then fired a penalty shot well over the crossbar. It was all Real Madrid in the second half as Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for the win. Modrić got the start and played 88 minutes, passing the ball well and connecting with teammates in the final third. Mateo Kovačić came on for Modrić in the 88th. Real Madrid now control the leg with two away goals heading back to the Bernabeu.