Mixed fortunes for Spanish Euro giants

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FANS OF Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona will be anticipating their team’s upcoming Champions league quarter final second leg matches with vastly different degrees of optimism after last week’s first leg results.

Cristiano Ronaldo ended a seven-month Champions League goal drought as holders Real Madrid came from behind to beat 10-man Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final in Munich.

Arturo Vidal had headed Bayern ahead but then wasted a chance to double their lead when he blasted a penalty over the crossbar.

And Ronaldo then twice clinically converted from crosses either side of Javi Martinez’s red card to move to 97 Champions League goals.

Bayern were kept in the game after going down to 10 men by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who saved brilliantly from Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.

Real may also leave with regrets, as they could have taken a more commanding lead than 2-1 into next week’s second leg at the Bernabeu.

As well as Neuer’s string of saves, captain Sergio Ramos had a last-minute header correctly ruled out for offside before Ronaldo lost his footing when seemingly well placed to meet a cross when unmarked four yards out.

Contrasting fortunes for the champions fierce rivals from Catalunya who went down 0-3, after Paulo Dybala scored twice as Juventus took charge of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Barcelona courtesy of a commanding first-leg display in Turin.

The Argentine forward curled home both of his goals before the break, the first from an angle inside the box and the second from a central position on the edge.

Juve turned a dominant lead into one that should see them go on and win the tie when Giorgio Chiellini showed strength and guile to steer home a header from a corner.

For the second European round running, Barca – who were as defensively suspect as they were in losing 4-0 to Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie – must recover from a heavy away defeat to progress.

However, after their record-breaking achievement to overturn that deficit against PSG, they will retain hope heading into the return leg at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, 19 April.

Meanwhile, Leicester City kept Atletico Madrid within reach as they restricted the dominant Spaniards to a single goal in their 0-1 Champions League quarter-final first leg defeat.

Koke had already hit the visitors’ post in the first half when the referee judged Marc Albrighton’s foul on Antoine Griezmann had been inside the penalty area.

Replays showed contact was made outside the box but Griezmann duly stepped up to send Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way.

Fernando Torres slipped as the goal beckoned in the second half but, that chance apart, Atletico struggled to carve out clear-cut openings against a stubborn Leicester defence.

Robert Huth – who will be banned for the second leg after being booked – saw a shot blocked and Shinji Okazaki narrowly failed to make contact with a low cross in the best of Leicester’s rare raids forward.

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