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Madrid fall to brilliant Nedved

Published: Thursday 15 May 2003, 0.13CET
Juventus FC 3-1 Real Madrid CF (Agg: 4-3) Pavel Nedved secures Juve's remarkable victory.

Match statistics

JuventusReal Madrid

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target8
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
11
Corners3
 
8
Offsides5
 
4
Fouls committed23
 
20
Yellow cards3
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 May 2003, 0.13CET

Madrid fall to brilliant Nedved

Juventus FC 3-1 Real Madrid CF (Agg: 4-3) Pavel Nedved secures Juve's remarkable victory.

By Adam Szreter in Turin

The sight of Pavel Nedved kneeling before the Juventus FC faithful, arms aloft, having just sealed his side's place in the final of the UEFA Champions League final, will long be remembered by those at the Stadio Delle Alpi.

Perfect finish
Nedved's perfect finish, from Gianluca Zambrotta's pass, meant that it would be Juve, and not Real Madrid CF, who will face AC Milan in the final at Old Trafford on 28 May. Sadly, though, Nedved will not be there after picking up a yellow card a few minutes from the end for a needless foul.

Juve reinforced
Madrid may have been boosted by the quick return of the talismanic Raúl Gonzalez following appendicitis, but it was Edgar Davids and Alessio Tacchinardi, themselves returning to the Juve lineup after suspension, who made the greater impression as, from the start, they seemed intent on dominating a Madrid midfield deprived of the reassuring presence of the injured Claude Makelele.

Trezeguet opener
There were a few warning shots for Madrid before they fell behind in the 13th minute, Pavel Nedved and Alessandro Del Piero both going close, and these two also played their part in the opening goal. After Trezeguet had found Nedved in space on the right, the Czech's cross was nodded down at the far post by Del Piero for Trezeguet, who poked the ball in from close range.

Zidane stirs
Luis Figo and Zinedine Zidane, back at a stadium he graced for five years, did their best to rouse Madrid from their slumbers and it was a deflected Figo effort that presented them with their best chance of the first half. From the ricochet, the ball fell invitingly for Guti, unmarked in the Juve area, but with only Gianluigi Buffon to beat he shot tamely at the Juve goalkeeper.

Del Piero delight
The Spaniards were made to pay for their profligacy before the half was out as, three minutes before the break, Del Piero doubled Juve's lead. Twisting and turning past Fernando Hierro and Michel Salgado into the Madrid area, the Juve captain fired right-footed, low to Casillas's right.

Ronaldo injection
Gianluca Zambrotta’s fierce drive on the stroke of half-time suggested there was more to come from Juve, by now playing some of their best football of the Champions League campaign. Madrid's response was to introduce Ronaldo, though less than fully fit, in place of Flavio Conceição.

Tactical switches
Almost immediately the Brazilian was through on goal, but an offside flag stopped him in his tracks, while at the other end Trezeguet was centimetres away from connecting at the far post after Nedved's corner had been flicked on. A yellow card for a disgruntled Salgado merely made matters worse for Madrid before Alessandro Birindelli made way for Gianluca Pessotto in the Juve defence

Madrid penalty
Perhaps it was the change that unsettled them, but just as Juve appeared to have matters under control, they suddenly found themselves in a terrible tangle on the edge of their own area. Eventually Esteban Cambiasso picked out Ronaldo, Paolo Montero brought him down and referee Urs Meier pointed to the spot.

Brilliant Buffon

Extra time was on the cards, but Buffon had other ideas, diving to his right to keep out Figo's penalty, paving the way for Nedved's bittersweet finale. Zidane's 89th-minute strike was a meagre consolation for the deposed European champions - although it made for a nerve-racking last few moments.

Last updated: 01/02/12 10.29CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

real madrid

Real Madrid

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
3
TacchinardiAlessio Tacchinardi
Yellow Card64
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
Yellow Card58
4
MonteroPaolo Montero
Yellow Card58
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
5
TudorIgor Tudor
4
HierroFernando Hierro (C)
Yellow Card75
10
Del PieroAlessandro Del Piero (C)
Goal43
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
Goal89
11
NedvědPavel Nedvěd
Goal73
Yellow Card82
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
15
BirindelliAlessandro Birindelli
Substitution60
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
17
TrezeguetDavid Trezeguet
Goal12
Substitution77
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Penalty67
Yellow Card86
19
ZambrottaGianluca Zambrotta
14
GutiGuti
21
ThuramLilian Thuram
16
ConceiçãoFlavio Conceição
Yellow Card23
Substitution52
26
DavidsEdgar Davids
Substitution89
19
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
ChimentiAntonio Chimenti (GK)
13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
6
FresiSalvatore Fresi
8
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution76
7
PessottoGianluca Pessotto
Substitution60
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
8
ConteAntonio Conte
Substitution89
11
RonaldoRonaldo
Substitution52
16
CamoranesiMauro Camoranesi
Substitution77
18
PortilloJavier Portillo
18
Di VaioMarco Di Vaio
21
SolariSantiago Solari
25
ZalayetaMarcelo Danubio Zalayeta
22
PavónPaco Pavón

Coach

Marcello Lippi (ITA) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Urs Meier (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Rudolf Käppeli (SUI)

Fourth official

Philippe Leuba (SUI)

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