Following an intriguing encounter at the Juventus stadium last night (05/05/15) the Italian giants will be taking a 2-1 aggregate lead back to the Bernabeu for the second leg of the Juventus v Real Madrid Champions League semi-final. In what was mostly a congested midfield battle the Italian champions came out on top courtesy of a first half Alvaro Morata goal against his former club and a second half Carlos Tevez penalty. These two goals sandwiched yet another Champions League goal for Cristiano Ronaldo who now sits on an incredible 76 goals in his Champions League tournament career.
There was an unusual look to Juventus v Real Madrid in last night's Champions League Semi-Final opener however with the home team wearing their classic, world famous black and white striped home football shirt while Real Madrid were sporting their all-black third kit. This made for an unusual view of the match however English referee Martin Atkinson didn't appear to struggle in differentiating between the two sides and was confident in awarding Juventus their match-winning penalty when Carlos Tevez was tripped by Dani Carvajal inside the box.
Juventus fans can now help roar their team to victory in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final by getting hold of an official Juventus football kit from Soccer Box. All three of the Juventus football shirts are in stock now including the classic black and white home shirt, the stylish blue 2014 2015 away shirt and the bright, bold, two-tone green third jersey.
Juventus v Real Madrid Champions League Semi-Final
In an unusual move Carlo Ancelotti set out his Real Madrid side in what appeared to be a classic 4-4-2 formation last night with Sergio Ramos in an unfamiliar central midfield position alongside Toni Kroos and Colombia international James Rodriguez out wide with headline duo Ronaldo and Bale upfront.Â Juventus however came out all guns blazing with a bold 4-3-1-2 formation with Arturo Vidal sitting behind the hardworking strike partnership of Morata and Tevez.Â After an initial chance went begging within the first two minutes when Vidal pondered for too long on the ball it wasn't long before the deadlock was broken.Â After some good work in the box by Tevez his shot was parried by the Real Madrid goalkeeper Casillas and fell perfectly for former Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata to tap home from close range.Â Cue muted and respectful celebrations from the man himself but ecstasy for the 40,000 Juventus fans inside the stadium who were a sea of bouncing black and white in their Juventus shirts and kits.
Despite Juventus spending much of the first half on top Real Madrid managed to score an equaliser just shy of the half-hour mark to keep the semi-final hanging in the balance.Â An excellent passage of play saw the Real Madrid wide-man Isco play the ball to Rodriguez who placed a cross inch-perfectly into the box for Ronaldo to head home from just a couple of yards.Â In what is now an incredible statistic this goal put Ronaldo onto 76 Champions League goals, more than any other player in the tournament's history, and significantly one more than his arch-rival from Barcelona; Lionel Messi.Â Real Madrid even had a golden chance to take the lead before half-time when James Rodriguez threw himself at yet another pinpoint cross from Isco only to see the ball crash against the Juventus crossbar.
Â Real Madrid chances were kept to a minimum in the second half courtesy of a strong Juventus defence however a counter attack from a Real Madrid corner in the 57th minute yielded the recently crowned Italian Serie A champions with their chance to take the lead.Â As Marcelo upended Morata just outside his own box Carlos Tevez raced free and got goal-side of Dani Carvajal who tripped the Argentina international conceding a penalty and earning himself a yellow card.Â Tevez, who won the Champions League back in 2008 with Manchester United, picked himself up to power the penalty straight into the centre of the Real Madrid net to make it 2-1 to the hosts.Â With even fewer chances following the goal the only other moment of note was a late run from substitute Fernando Llorente who made it to the byline but had no players in support who he could cut the ball back to.Â The match ended 2-1 with massive celebrations in the stands from the Juventus faithful that were echoed on the pitch by the players.Â On-field celebrations were led by Italy veteran Gianluigi Buffon who can be seen above in the bold yellow Juventus goalkeeper shirt.Â Other Italian legends such as Chiellini and Pirlo also looked proud to have worn the famous Juventus football kit and showed their love to the crowd in the emotive black and white Juventus home jersey.
Champions League Semi-Final: Second Leg
Juventus will now head to Real Madrid's world famous Bernabeu stadium on Wednesday 13th May for the showdown which will decide the Champions League Semi-Final.Â The 2-1 score line was somewhat unexpected among many circles however it is more than welcome for Juventus who will hope to shut down the Real Madrid attack on their own patch and make the best of their aggregate advantage.Â There is no doubt that the Juventus fans will turn out in force for the match and will show strong support by wearing all three of the Juventus kits.Â It is likely that Juventus will either wear their blue away shirt (left) or their bright green third kit when lining up against Real Madrid, who will of course be sporting their classic all white home football kit.
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