Real Madrid 1 Juventus 1 (agg. 2-3)

Last night Real Madrid and Juventus faced each other to gain the access to Champions League’s final, where Barcelona is waiting safely after having eliminated Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate.
Juventus won 2-1 the first leg in Turin after a nearly perfect match, where we didn’t admire the best Real Madrid.

Ancelotti can count on Benzema’s return in the middle of the attack focusing on 433 formation. Bale and C.Ronaldo wide in the trident, light but technical midfield with the insertion of James R. as inside forward and Sergio Ramos shifted into his natural role of central defender after the disastrous performance in Turin as midfielder.

In the other side, coach Allegri presents his team with 442 diamond, with the addition of Paul Pogba, fully recovered, alongside Marchisio and Pirlo as playmaker. Tevez and the Spaniard Morata in attack supported by the eclectic Vidal.

First half starts with the Blancos well in control of the ball and the field, ready to be dangerous since the beginning.

Benzema wasted the first chance of the match, after having created a room by the penalty spot, his strike isn’t accurate enough and the ball goes over the bar.

23rd minute, the referee calls for a foul inside the penalty box. It’s a penalty. Chiellini was too aggressive and impulsive while trying to steal the ball from James’s feet.
Without hesitation, Ronaldo took and scored the penalty centrally, while Buffon dives on his right.

It’s 1-0

The Meregues keep controlling the game trying to find the second goal without materialising couple of good chances from Ronaldo before and Benzema after.
Juventus attempted to play short pass football and occasionally long balls to break the Spanish defence.

End of first half, certainly not boring.

Real begins the second half better than the away side, which grows positively till they balance the score.

Pirlo on the ball for a free kick, after Sergio Ramos fouled Vidal on the right side of the field. Ball inside the box, Casillas climbs high to punch the ball out of it. Juve again put the ball in the box where Pogba pass it with a header to “El Canterano” Morata who found the goal with a precise and powerful left foot shot beating Iker Casillas.

There’s a festive atmosphere among Old Lady’s fans, but they’re aware the match is not finished.

Ancelotti substitutes Benzema with Chicarito to bring more speed into his football style.

Cr7 and co. pushed to find the second goal but conceded too many spaces counterattacks.

70th, great combination Vidal-Marchisio who found himself one to one against Casillas who shows great skills on saving the poor strike on his left.

3 minutes later, Bale has the 2-1 ball.
Ronaldo delivers a precise cross from left attack side, bypassing Buffon. Bale anticipates Evra with a header but the ball goes over the bar.

After a yellow card for Lichtsteiner a 2 substitutions for Juventus, it’s Pogba’s turn to waste a golden opportunity, hitting centrally from a favourable position.

Blancos attacked till the end with no results. Juventus kept the precious result with their remarkable defensive tactics, discipline and organisation.

Buffon and his team mates are aiming towards Berlin to face Barcelona for the CL final for the first time in history.


Federico Fernandes


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