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Morata takes Juve through at Madrid's expense

Published: Wednesday 13 May 2015, 22.40CET
Real Madrid CF 1-1 Juventus (agg: 2-3)
Former Madrid striker Álvaro Morata returned to the Santiago Bernabéu to end the holders' challenge and take Juve into their first final since 2003.
Morata takes Juve through at Madrid's expense
Álvaro Morata is mobbed after scoring Juventus' decisive goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Real MadridJuventus

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)54
 
46
Total attempts22
 
8
on target5
 
4
off target14
 
3
blocked3
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
6
Offsides0
5
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
7
Fouls suffered7
 
9
Passes506
 
432
completed459
 
368

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 May 2015, 22.40CET

Morata takes Juve through at Madrid's expense

Real Madrid CF 1-1 Juventus (agg: 2-3)
Former Madrid striker Álvaro Morata returned to the Santiago Bernabéu to end the holders' challenge and take Juve into their first final since 2003.

Juventus through to first final in 12 years with draw at Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty gives Madrid the lead on the night (23)
Former Madrid striker Álvaro Morata scores Juve's crucial goal (57)
Madrid become latest side to fail to defend UEFA Champions League
• The final will take place at Berlin's Olympiastadion on 6 June

Álvaro Morata returned to the Santiago Bernabéu to score the goal that took Juventus into a first final since 2003 and ended Real Madrid CF's hopes of becoming the first side to defend the trophy in the UEFA Champions League era.

Facing a semi-final first-leg deficit, Madrid were on the front foot from the outset and were rewarded midway through the first half as James Rodríguez won a penalty that Cristiano Ronaldo slotted in. However, Juve responded strongly after half-time and ex-Madrid forward Morata fired them level shortly before the hour. Thereafter some determined defending ensured the Italian champions reached their eighth European Cup final, and first since 2003.

Beaten 2-1 in Turin, Madrid – who had been pressed back from the first whistle last week – seized the initiative from the off with Gareth Bale heading narrowly over within the first 40 seconds. Karim Benzema – making his first appearance in a month following a knee injury – showed good control to create space for a shot, only to blaze over before Ronaldo's deflected free-kick landed on the top of the net.

Although Arturo Vidal's low effort forced a sprawling Iker Casillas into action for the first time, the main threat continued to come from Carlo Ancelotti's team, Benzema springing the offside trap. His cross was scrambled clear before Gianluigi Buffon pushed away Bale's dipping 25m attempt.

With 22 minutes on the clock, the Bianconeri cracked as Giorgio Chiellini was adjudged to have fouled James. Ronaldo had missed a penalty in Saturday's Liga draw against Valencia CF but held his nerve from the spot this time, clipping the ball over the diving Buffon.

The visiting No1 twice foiled Benzema before the break to keep Massimiliano Allegri's side in contention, first saving a header before blocking a low strike at the near post. Ronaldo also went close, outpacing the defence but ruffling only the side netting.

Claudio Marchisio and Marcelo both sent shots whistling wide in the early stages of the second period, although now it was Juventus looking to show greater attacking intent. That was borne out as Madrid failed to clear Andrea Pirlo's free-kick and Paul Pogba's powerful leap knocked the ball on to Morata, who rifled beyond Casillas.

The onus was immediately back on Madrid and a slick passing move involving James and Marcelo unlocked the away defence; under pressure, Bale volleyed wide. Juve, however, were holding firm and they might have put the tie beyond Madrid as Vidal slipped a pass through to Marchisio; Casillas came to Madrid's rescue.

James drove centimetres over Buffon's crossbar before Bale rose to meet Ronaldo's centre at the far post; again his aim was fractionally too high. Juventus, though, defended with discipline and determination and carried an incisive threat on the counterattack. They passed up another golden opportunity with two minutes left as Fernando Llorente found Pogba inside the box. Casillas palmed the effort away, but Madrid were not spared for long.

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Arturo Vidal (left) tries to get ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

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Karim Benzema reacts after missing a chance

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Cristiano Ronaldo takes a free-kick

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Cristiano Ronaldo fires in the 22nd-minute penalty that gave Madrid the lead

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Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Sergio Ramos celebrate Madrid's first goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing another chance

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Cristiano Ronaldo (right) is harried by Juve defender Stephan Lichtsteiner

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Álvaro Morata reacts after scoring the goal that took Juve through

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Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates his side's goal

Last updated: 27/07/16 15.54CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

juventus

Juventus

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
2
VaraneRaphaël Varane
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
4
RamosSergio Ramos
6
PogbaPaul Pogba
Substitution89
7
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal23
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
8
KroosToni Kroos
9
MorataÁlvaro Morata
Goal57
Substitution84
9
BenzemaKarim Benzema
Substitution67
10
TévezCarlos Tévez
Yellow Card69
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Yellow Card44
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
11
BaleGareth Bale
21
PirloAndrea Pirlo
Substitution79
12
MarceloMarcelo
23
VidalArturo Vidal
15
CarvajalDani Carvajal
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
Yellow Card76
23
IscoIsco
Yellow Card32
33
EvraPatrice Evra

Substitutes

13
NavasKeylor Navas (GK)
30
StorariMarco Storari (GK)
3
PepePepe
11
ComanKingsley Coman
5
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
14
LlorenteFernando Llorente
Substitution84
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution67
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution79
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
20
PadoinSimone Padoin
20
JeséJesé
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
24
IllarramendiAsier Illarramendi
37
PereyraRoberto Pereyra
Substitution89

Coach

Carlo Ancelotti (ITA) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

Additional assistant referees

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution