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Real Madrid and Juventus advance to Round of 8 in the European Champions League

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Real Madrid and Juventus secured their tickets to the knockout stages of the European Champions League, which paved the way for an eventual final.

In the case of the meringues, they showed a different face to that of the last games in their visit to the Olympic Stadium in Rome, where they beat the local team with a score of 2-0 to secure the first place of the Group.

The triumph was forged in the second half. After a first half of few options to score, both teams knew that they were already qualified thanks to the victory of Viktoria Plzen over CSKA Moscow, at the beginning of the second half the Merengue festival began.

It was Gareth Bale who opened the scoreboard, taking advantage of a bad clearance by goalkeeper Olse returned from a header by Fazio that landed at his feet, unmarked, in the front of the penalty area, where he did not forgive to put the 1-0 in the 47th minute.

Twelve minutes later, Lucas Vázquez took advantage of a Madrid siege to the Roma goal to be unmarked facing goal, where he received a center that only had to push to the bottom of the net, since he was not offside.

With that Madrid managed to recover from the defeat suffered against Eibar in the League, which ended the undefeated streak of coach Santiago Solari, and secured a ticket to the round of 8 for the 22nd consecutive year.

Another qualified team, was Juventus, who beat Valencia 1-0 in Turin to advance to the next round, for now as the leader of Group H, something that should be settled with Manchester United in the last day of the group stage.

In this game, a genius play by Cristiano Ronaldo turned into an assist to Mario Mandzukic to score the only goal that the Italian team needed to guarantee the victory.

In this match, although he did not score, Ronaldo celebrated his 100th victory in the European Champions League.

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