Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Juventus aim for first final since 2003

Carlos Tevez

Juventus will travel to Real Madrid with a one-goal lead in their Champions League semi-final second leg after securing a deserved home victory.
Juve went ahead when Alvaro Morata slotted in against his old club after Carlos Tevez's effort was spilled.
Real levelled when Cristiano Ronaldo nodded in James Rodriguez's cross.
But the holders looked out of sorts and slipped behind again as Dani Carvajal tripped Tevez after the break and the Argentine dispatched the spot-kick.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri signalled his contentment with the scoreline as he brought on central defender Andrea Barzagli just after the hour and his side limited Real to a clutch of half chances.
Whether Juve's advantage is enough to survive the return leg at the Bernabeu is yet to be seen, but it was a result to relish for the noisy home support as captain Gianluigi Buffon led the celebrations at the final whistle.

Team over individual talent

Juventus made 27 passes in the build-up to Alvaro Morata's goal - a record in the Champions League this season.
Real's goal took Cristiano Ronaldo back ahead of Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League top-scorer charts. The Portuguese has 76 goals in the tournament to Messi's 75.
Juventus have lost just once in 18 European matches at the redeveloped Juventus Stadium, but this victory, days after they clinched their fourth successive Serie A title, marks the headiest days since they left the Stadio delle Alpi.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti - whose position is subject to the usual end-of-season speculation in the Spanish capital - will know that his side will need to be better in both attack and defence to get through to the final.
Real looked powerless to resist Juve's early momentum and were picked apart even before falling behind.
Arturo Vidal had found a large gap in the visitors' rearguard in the opening minutes, but failed to get a shot off, before Tevez repeated the trick, but not the mistake.
Having shaken off marker Raphael Varane, the Argentina striker shot hard and low across Iker Casillas and the Real goalkeeper could only paw the ball into the path of Morata to finish from a couple of yards.
Even if they were collectively out of sorts though, Real's star-studded line-up always carries danger.
That threat was realised as Colombia international Rodriguez ghosted free of Patrice Evra and lifted a precise cross onto the head of Ronaldo as the Juve back four appealed in vain for an offside flag.
Rodriguez then headed against the bar from close range when he should have done better, but Juve's cohesion and determination wrestled back the initiative after the break.
Tevez coolly converted from 12 yards to put them back in front and his side could have been further clear had substitute Fernando Llorente showed more composure over two late chances.
Giorgio Chiellini
Giorgio Chiellini was booked for an injury-time foul on Cristiano Ronaldo
Juventus Stadium
The most recent of Juventus's two European Cup triumphs came in 1996
Arturo Vidal and Alvaro Morata
Morata (right) chose not to celebrate his goal against his former club
Carlo Ancelotti
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti managed Juventus for two years between 1999 and 2001

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (5)


  • 01 Buffon
  • 26 Lichtsteiner
  • 19 Bonucci Booked
  • 03 Chiellini Booked
  • 33 Evra
  • 08 Marchisio
  • 21 Pirlo
  • 23 Vidal Booked
  • 27 Sturaro (Barzagli - 64' )
  • 10 Tévez Booked (Pereyra - 86' )
  • 09 Morata (Llorente - 78' )


  • 07 Pepe
  • 14 Llorente
  • 15 Barzagli
  • 20 Padoin
  • 30 Storari
  • 32 Matri
  • 37 Pereyra

Real Madrid

  • 01 Casillas
  • 15 Carvajal Booked
  • 03 Pepe
  • 02 Varane
  • 12 Marcelo Booked
  • 10 Rodríguez Booked
  • 04 Ramos
  • 08 Kroos
  • 23 Isco (Hernández - 63' )
  • 11 Bale (Jesé - 86' )
  • 07 Ronaldo


  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 13 Navas
  • 14 Hernández
  • 16 Borges
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 20 Jesé
  • 24 Illarramendi
Ref: Martin Atkinson
Att: 41,011

Match Stats

Possession53%47%90minsJuventusReal Madrid


12 13

On target

7 4


1 5


21 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time
Full Time Match ends, Juventus 2, Real Madrid 1.
90:00 +3:08 Full time
Full Time Second Half ends, Juventus 2, Real Madrid 1.
90:00 +2:46 Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
90:00 +2:46 Foul by Roberto Pereyra (Juventus).
90:00 +2:02 Booking
Booking Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
90:00 +1:59 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
90:00 +1:59 Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
90:00 +1:11 Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
90:00 +1:11 Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus).
90:00 +1:08 Attempt saved. Fernando Llorente (Juventus) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrea Pirlo with a cross.
90:00 +0:20 Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
90:00 +0:20 Arturo Vidal (Juventus) wins a free kick on the left wing.
89:19 Hand ball by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
85:30 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Gareth Bale.
85:19 Substitution
Substitution Substitution, Juventus. Roberto Pereyra replaces Carlos Tévez.
84:28 Booking
Booking James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
84:26 Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).
84:26 Fernando Llorente (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
80:57 Offside, Real Madrid. Pepe tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.
78:33 Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
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