UCL Recap: Dybala brace helps Juventus thrash Barcelona, Real Madrid edge past Bayern Munich

Barcelona will need to pull off another stunning comeback to reach the Champions League semi-finals, after Italian champions Juventus bagged a 3-0 victory over the Spanish giants.

It took just seven minutes for the Serie A leaders to take the lead, as Paulo Dybala turned in Juan Cuadrado’s cross with a left-footed strike in at the near post to give the home side a dream start.

Juventus scored revenge for defeat to Barcelona in the 2015 final
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Lionel Messi brilliantly set up Andre Iniesta through on goal on 21 minutes to try to get Barcelona back on level terms, but Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a stunning save to tip his effort wide.

Moments later, Dybala netted his second goal of the game on as the Argentine striker drove a left-footed curling effort from the edge of the penalty area, beating Barcelona goalkeeper Marc Andre Ter Stegen at his near post.

Giorgino Chiellini capped off a great night for Massimiliano Allegri’s side as he made it 3-0 ten minutes into the second-half, as he brushed off Javier Mascherano to head the ball into the back of the net from a Miralem Pjanic corner.

Borussia Dortmund will need to come from behind to reach the Champions League semi-finals as French side Monaco pulled off a deserving 3-2 win at the Westfalenstadion.

Monaco missed the chance to take the lead early on when Fabinho sent a penalty kick just wide of the post, after Sokratis Papastathopoulos brought down Kylian M’bappe inside the box.

M’Bappe did put the away side in front on 19 minutes, as he bundled home from a Thomas Lemar cross and Sven Bender headed past his own goalkeeper from Andrea Raggi’s cross to put Monaco 2-0 up on 35 minutes.

Ousame Demeble pulled one back for Thomas Tuchel’s side just before the hour mark, as Shinji Kagawa set up the 19-year-old to tap in from close range after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s flick on.

However, M’Bappe scored his second goal of the game and Monaco’s third on 79 minutes, as he took advantage of Lukasz Piszczek’s error and curled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.

Kagawa reduced the deficit to 3-2 on 84 minutes as he coolly slotted home a left-footed strike from a Nuri Sahin cross and Aubameyang missed a great chance to level it up in injury time, but he saw his header just go over the crossbar.

Holders Real Madrid moved one step closer to becoming the first team to retain the Champions League, as Zinedine Zidane’s side came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over ten-man Bayern Munich.

Arturo Vidal broke the deadlock on 25 minutes as the Chilean’s powerful header from a Xabi Alonso corner kick, crept past the hands of goalkeeper Kelyor Navas to put the home side in front.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side spurned the chance to double their lead just before half-time, when they were rewarded a penalty kick after Dani Carvajal blocked Franck Ribery’s shot, but Vidal blasted his spotkick way over the crossbar.

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his Champions League drought two minutes into the second-half, as he tucked the ball home with a clever finish from a Carvajal cross to end his 11 hour drought without a European goal.

Bayern were reduced to ten men on the hour mark when Javi Martinez was given his marching orders, after the Spanish midfielder picked up a second yellow card after bringing down Ronaldo.

Ronaldo would bag the winner for Real Madrid on 77 minutes, as he turned home a Marco Asensio cross from the underside of his boot to give his side a 2-1 advantage ahead of the second leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed both goals to help Real Madrid to victory
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Atletico Madrid will take a slender lead back to Leicester City, as a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty proved the difference maker in a 1-0 win for Diego Simeone’s side.

Koke’s long-range effort hit the post early as the home side were very much in control and they were gifted a penalty just before half-hour mark when Marc Albrighton brought down Antoine Griezmann, although the foul was just outside the box.

Griezmann made no mistake from the penalty spot to put Atletico 1-0 up as Kasper Schmeichel went the wrong way, with the French international coolly slotting the ball into the back of the net.

Atletico did have plenty of chances to double their advantage with Griezmann having the best chance in the second-half, but he sent his effort well wide.

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