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Real Madrid-Juventus: Half-time report

Real Madrid earned the lead thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo goal from the penalty spot.

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Real Madrid needed an early goal to dismantle Juventus' defense and make them take some chances, and that's what happened when Ronaldo scored in the 23rd minute. James Rodríguez was brought down by Chiellini and the referee pointed for the spot, easy goal for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Juventus controlled the game well for the first 15 minutes or so, but Real Madrid started to create dangerous plays like a long-distance shot from Gareth Bale and a good effort from Isco before the 1-0 goal. After the penalty, Real could've increased the lead with a good shot by Benzema saved by Buffon, and Juve looked better shortly after, although Casillas didn't need to make a single praiseworthy save during the first 45 minutes other than a pretty comfortable one off a long-distance shot by Arturo Vidal.

Pirlo isn't looking great, and the rhythm of the game is very slow because of the hot weather. It will be interesting to see how Real Madrid play during the second half, as this 1-0 lead would be enough to take them to Berlin. One goal by Juve, however, would knock Los Blancos out.

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