Italian Job: Juve prove their Metal as they edge out current title holders Real Madrid
Alvaro Morata will forever be remembered by Madrid fans as the man who fired the shot that edged out his former side Real Madrid from the Champions League, as Juventus secured their place in the Berlin finals against Barcelona.
Madrid who are the current holders of the UCL title, remained in control of the match but only had ‘Penaldo’ alias Christiano Ronaldo first half penalty to show for it as attempts by Gareth Bale and others failed to yield any results.
Alvaro Morata fired an equalizer that countered Ronaldo’s Shot just before the hour to make it 1-1 and 3-2 to Juve on aggregate.
Madrid immediately began their pursuit of a goal and were rewarded in the 22nd minute when Chiellini’s clumsy challenge on James Rodriguez gave them a penalty. Ronaldo converted with ease, and there was no let up.
Ronaldo cut back in the area and appeared to give himself an easy shot to score, but chose to cross for Karim Benzema and saw the ball cleared.
When Bale launched a swift counter-attack, Ronaldo fired a powerful shot into the side-netting and Benzema then brought a fine save out of Buffon.
Little appeared to have changed after the break as Marcelo sent a bobbling shot wide, but Juve gradually began to build a head of steam.
Juve captain Gianluigi Buffon said: “We’re not going to Berlin just to make up the numbers. This final is a massive opportunity.”
When asked about his Bernabeu future, Madrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti said: “I don’t know if I will be here next season. We have 15 days left and two games, after that we will get in talks with the club.
“We lost the game in the first leg. Here we played at our best, we were unlucky. We had lots of opportunities. I thought Gareth Bale played better; he worked hard as did the team. We did our best.”
On a lighter note Barcelona striker Luis Suarez will now come up against Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini in the final. Suarez bit Italian Chiellini at the World Cup and earned a nine-match and four-month ban.
Suarez will also come up against Juve left-back Patrice Evra. Suarez was handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine by the FA after being found guilty of racially abusing Evra when he was at Manchester United in 2011.