Real Madrid 's 2-1 victory over Juventus Wednesday night to cement their grip of Group B in the Champions League was a classic game of two halves. The first saw some really excellent soccer; the second was an underwhelming and scoreless mismatch. Why? Juventus were cruelly reduced to 10-men with 43 minutes still remaining. They -- and neutral fans alike -- were left the losers.
This was a shame as the game had been shaping up to be a classic. Both teams had their spells of dominance during a thrilling first period -- with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice and the visitors' Fernando Llorente also on the mark -- as the play pulsed first one way then the other.
But Juve will leave the Bernabeu angry at two decisions from German referee Manuel Grafe: his award of a first half penalty was probably fair, but his red card for Giorgio Chiellini for a brush against Ronaldo was harsh in the extreme.
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