Real Old Boy Sends Defending Champions Packing

Alvaro Morata came back to haunt his former club as he scored the equaliser that helped Juventus record a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid and advance to the Uefa Champions League final 3-2 on aggregate at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.  The home side showed a lot more dominance in the opening stages of the half with two early chances from Gareth Bale which was sent over the crossbar and Karim Benzema but his shot went just wide.  They dominated possession and were moving the ball around really well.

The dominance was rewarded in the 23rd minute when Giorgio Chiellini fouled James Rodriguez in the box, resulting in a penalty which was subsequently taken by Cristiano Ronaldo, who fired his spot kick straight down the middle to give Los Blancos the lead and see them draw level on aggregate at 2-2.  The Italian side had a few chances but none were clear cut as the hosts remained in control at the half-time break.  In the second stanza it was the Old Lady who made the early inroads this time as they drew level in the 58th minute through Morata, who fired one in from close range.  Juve looked to protect their lead and made a number of changes but in contrast the Spanish outfit was searching for that equaliser to give them a chance of progression.

The equaliser did not come after the 90 minutes or the additional four as the Serie A champions progresses to the final in Berlin to face Barcelona in an attempt to capture their third Champions League title.