A second-half penalty from Carlos Tevez helped Juventus claim a precious 2-1 Uefa Champions League first-leg victory over Real Madrid at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Tuesday evening. Juve are the first Italian side in the Champions League semi-finals since Inter’s triumphant run in 2010 meanwhile for Madrid this was their fifth straight semi-final appearance. A closely contested match in the first half saw both teams take a goal apiece into the dressing rooms.
The Bianconeri took the lead courtesy of an eighth-minute opener from Real old-boy Alvaro Morata but the La Liga outfit drew level through a Cristiano Ronaldo header just before the half-hour mark. The hosts put on a defensive master class in the second stanza as the visitors were denied any real clear-cut goal scoring opportunities. Then in the 56th minute Tevez and Morata launched a two-on-two break.
The Spaniard went down tumbling just before releasing the ball to the Argentine but the referee allowed play to continue. Tevez had just Dani Carvajal to beat and the Los Blancos fullback proceeded to bring the Argentine hit-man down inside the box and referee Martin Atkinson had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Tevez dusted himself off and converted the spot-kick past Iker Casillas.
Masimilliano Allegri’s charges held on and secured a well-earned 2-1 success with all eyes now firmly on what promises to be a mouth-watering second-leg tie in Madrid.