A night after Roma dumped out Barcelona in a huge Champions League shock, Juventus almost pulled off the miracle recovery in the Bernabeu, but a certain Cristiano Ronaldo had the last say...
"The 1-3 Correct Score on the night was matched at [85.0], while Juve's odds to qualify eventually hit a low of [2.36] before Ronaldo's late penalty."
Twenty-four hours after Barcelona's shock exit from the Champions League their major La Liga rivals Real Madrid have survived an almighty scare in arguably one of the competition's most dramatic ever ties.
Leading 3-0 from the away leg in Turin, Madrid were trading at the minimum price of [1.01] in the To Qualify market on the Betfair Exchange, while their Italian opposition Juventus had been matched at the huge odds of [160.0].
But the Serie A giants started their comeback instantly with a back-post headed goal from Mario Mandzukic, who came into the side after star man Paulo Dybala was ruled out through suspension. And incredibly Juventus made it 2-0 on the night shortly before half-time with an almost carbon copy of the first goal.
Juventus were trading at around the [6.0] mark to qualify during the interval but matters got much better for them when Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a Keylor Navas fumble midway through the second half to stun the Bernabeu and lead 3-0 on the night, making the tie 3-3 on aggregate.
Madrid pushed for the winner in normal time, while Juve seemed content on going to extra-time, but right at the very death the home side were awarded a penalty when Lucas Vazquez was felled in the box. Gianluigi Buffon was dismissed after arguing with English referee Michael Oliver, Wojciech Szczesny replaced him in goal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to smash home the spot kick.
The 1-3 Correct Score on the night was matched at [85.0], while Juve's odds to qualify eventually hit a low of [2.36] before Ronaldo's late penalty.
1/20 Barcelona crash out but Liveprool ease past Man City
Leading 4-1 from the first leg in Spain, Barcelona were matched for over £400k at [1.05] in the To Qualify market before suffering a shock 3-0 defeat to AS Roma.
Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi, and defender Kostas Manolas scored the crucial goals for the Italian side, who now trade as [13.0] outsiders in the Champions League Winner market.
Liverpool - who now trade as third favouries at [4.4] behind Real Madrid, [2.7] - sealed their passage into the semi-finals with a 2-1 win (5-1 on aggregate) over Manchester City on Tuesday night, while German giants Bayern Munich, [3.2], limped across the line against Sevilla with a 2-1 aggregate win.
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*odds correctas as of 10pm, Wednesday 11 April