UCL recap: Juventus knock out holders Real Madrid, Barcelona lose but still head to final

Juventus are through to their first Champions League final in 12 years after the Italian Champions knocked out holders Real Madrid after holding them to a 1-1 in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid stared strongly as they were on the backfoot after a 2-1 defeat in Turin the week prior and were rewarded on 23 minutes when Cristiano Ronaldo powered the penalty straight down the middle after Giorgio Chiellini barged into James Rodriguez.

Alvaro Morata scored against his former side as Juventus advanced to the final image: bbc.com

Alvaro Morata scored against his former side as Juventus advanced to the final
image: bbc.com

That result would have seen Real advance on the away goals rule but Juventus pegged them back when Alvaro Morata smashed home from just inside the box on 57 minutes as Juventus took a 3-2 aggregate lead.

Real Madrid tried to find a second which would have seen them book a second consecutive final but Juventus were happy to sit back and protect their lead as the La Liga side failed to find a winner as Juventus held on to book their first final since 2003.

They will face Barcelona in the final as Luis Enrique’s side book their spot in the final despite a 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday with last week’s 3-0 home win proving too much for the Germans to overcome.

Bayern took the lead after just seven minutes when Medhi Benatia headed home from a corner but Barcelona responded just eight minutes later and when Luis Suarez squared to Neymar who calmly slotted home.

Neymar grabbed his second just before the half hour mark and once again it was Suarez with the assist as the Brazilian beat Manuel Neuer at his near post as Barca raced into a 5-1 aggregate lead.

However, Bayern showed great heart and managed to overturn the result on the night with Robert Lewandowski’s goal on the hour mark made it 2-2 and Thomas Muller scored Bayern’s third on 74 minutes when his right-footed shot from just outside the box found the bottom right corner.

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona booked final berth despite loss image: theguadrian.com

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona booked final berth despite loss
image: theguardian.com

Ultimately the result did not matter as Barcelona advanced to their first final in four years with a 5-3 aggregate win as Bayern crash out of the Champions League at the semi-finals for the second year running.

So now we know our finalists. Juventus will take on Barcelona in Berlin on 6 June as it will be Spain vs Italy for the first time since 1998 and it will be the first time the sides will meet in a European Cup final.

For Juventus they will be looking to claim just their third European Cup and first in 19 years, while Barcelona are chasing trophy fifth overall and their fourth Champions League triumph in ten years.

It should be a very good match and we have just over three weeks to wait and see who will be crowned this year’s Champions League winners.

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