Juve, Real share defensive mishaps in four-goal thriller

Tue Nov 5, 2013 5:48pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - Iker Casillas gave a world-class performance, Martin Caceres played hero and villain, Cristiano Ronaldo scored as usual and both defences leaked again as Juventus and Real Madrid shared four goals in a Champions League classic on Tuesday.

The 2-2 draw left Real Madrid all but certain of a last 16 place and Juventus bottom of Group B, although they were surprisingly upbeat after one of their best European performances under Antonio Conte.

Casillas, who recently suggested he could leave Real, made at least three world-class saves after his defence repeatedly left him exposed in a game both teams led.

Caceres gifted orange-clad Real their first goal, scored by Ronaldo, but the Uruguayan right back atoned by providing the cross for Fernando Llorente to head in as he continued to haunt Real.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for Juventus with a penalty and Gareth Bale scored Real's other goal from a Ronaldo pass.

Real, with 10 points from four games, are all but assured to progress despite conceding their seventh goal in their last three games.

Juventus, Serie A champions for the past two years, are bottom with three, one behind FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray who they still have to play, giving them a fair chance of overhauling both teams.

"You pay for your mistakes against a team like Real Madrid," said Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

"We're lucky because Galatasaray lost tonight, but we have to focus on ourselves and just think about what we have to do from now on.   Continued...

 
Juventus Fernando Llorente (L) celebrates with his teammate Paul Pogba after scoring against Real Madrid during their Champions League soccer match at Juventus stadium in Turin November 5, 2013. REUTERS/Max Rossi