Cristiano Ronaldo was given a standing ovation as Real Madrid took an almighty leap towards another Champions League semi-final with a 3-0 win over Juventus in Turin.
The Portuguese scored twice – the second a stunning overhead kick – and Brazilian Marcelo also found the net as the holders proved too good for the Italian champions.
Ronaldo took just 167 seconds to make his presence felt in the Allianz Stadium, bagging the earliest of his 119 Champions League goals as he notched for the 10th successive European game.
Marcelo, the left-back who plays with the invention of a creative No.10, flicked a pass through two Bianconeri bodies to find Isco free on the left side; the Spaniard sashayed towards the box, and cut back a low cross, onto which Ronaldo darted before ruthlessly prodding past Gianluigi Buffon’s despairing dive.
Madrid took charge, playing with their usual swagger and control and completely dominating the opening 20 minutes.
But they had keeper Keylor Navas to thank for keeping them ahead after 22 minutes, when the Costa Rican produced a stunning reflex save to deny Gonzalo Higuain from scoring against his former club from point-blank range.
Mattia De Sciglio’s low drive evaded the diving Dybala before Toni Kroos thrashed the crossbar from 25 yards as both went close before half-time.
Ronaldo went inches from adding a second just one minute into the second period, before Dybala’s deflected freekick went the wrong side of the post.
Juve will be sick of Ronaldo however, and he wasn’t to be denied just after the hour mark, notching his ninth goal against them just after the hour mark.
Initially Ronaldo had attempted to tee up substitute Lucas Vazquez, but after Buffon’s save had turned the ball wide, Dani Carvajal’s cross was met by a stupendous bicycle kick, which left Buffon standing and Juve fans clapping the greatness of their nemesis.
Paulo Dybala, booked in the first half for a dive, was shown a second yellow shortly after for a high boot, and Juve’s race was run.
However, a Madrid side scenting blood weren’t finished, with Marcelo adding a third and all but ensuring their semi-final spot.