Big Match Feature: Real Madrid v Juventus

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download (12) Juventus travel to Real Madrid with a 2-1 semifinal first-leg advantage as they seek to reach a first Uefa Champions  League final in more than a decade.

The match will be broadcast live and will also available via live streaming.

The teams, who have 20 European Cup final appearances between them, played a pulsating first game in Turin,  goals from Álvaro Morata and Carlos Tévez, a penalty, giving Juventus the initiative despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s  equaliser.

Previous Meetings

The sides met in last season’s group stage when Madrid won 2-1 at home before a 2-2 away draw.

Ronaldo scored twice in the first instalment, a 29th-minute penalty proving decisive after Fernando Llorente had cancelled out his early strike. Juve had Giorgio Chiellini dismissed early in the second half.

The sides at the Santiago Bernabéu on 23 October 2013 were:

Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Khedira, Illarramendi (Isco 72), Modric, Di María (Morata 79), Benzema (Bale 67), Ronaldo.

Juve: Buffon, Cáceres, Barzagli, Chiellini, Ogbonna (Giovinco 69), Marchisio, Vidal, Pirlo (Asamoah 59), Pogba, Llorente (Bonucci 50), Tévez.

In Turin an Arturo Vidal spot kick put Juve ahead, only for Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to turn things around. The Bianconeri earned a point with Llorente’s header.

The sides at the Juventus Stadium on 5 November 2013 were:

Juve: Buffon, Cáceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Asamoah, Marchisio, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Llorente (Giovinco 88), Tévez (Quagliarella 82).

Madrid: Casillas, Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Khedira, Xabi Alonso (Illarramendi 71), Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema (Jesé 81), Bale (Di María 75).

Jupp Heynckes’ Madrid beat a Juve team coached by Marcello Lippi in the 1998 UEFA Champions League final. A 66th-minute Predrag Mijatovic goal ended the Merengues’ 32-year wait for their seventh European title.

The lineups at the Amsterdam ArenA on 20 May 1998 were:

Madrid: Illgner, Panucci, Sanchís, Hierro, Roberto Carlos, Seedorf, Redondo, Karembeu, Raúl (Amavisca 90), Morientes (Jaime Sánchez 81), Mijatovic (Šuker 89).

Juve: Peruzzi, Torricelli, Montero, Iuliano, Pessotto (Fonseca 70), Di Livio (Tacchinardi 46), Deschamps (Conte 77), Zidane, Davids, Del Piero, Inzaghi.

The clubs have faced each other 17 times – all in the European Cup – with home advantage proving key. Madrid’s home record is W5 D0 L2 but each of those successes was just by a single-goal margin. Those 17 games include the 1998 final and a 1961/62 European Cup quarter-final replay staged in Paris, which Madrid won 3-1.

They also met in the 2008/09 group stage, Juventus prevailing 2-1 in Turin with Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri on target before Ruud van Nistelrooy replied. Two weeks later Del Piero notched twice at the Santiago Bernabéu in a 2-0 away victory.

Juve’s last Champions League semifinal appearance came in 2002/03, when they lost the first leg 2-1 in Madrid. A 3-1 triumph in the return gave Juve a 4-3 aggregate success.

In the first tie between the teams, in the 1961/62 quarterfinals, each side won 1-0 away from home before Madrid took the replay.

Match Background

Madrid

The Merengues have won 21 of their 29 home matches against Italian opponents, drawing two.

Their 11-game winning home streak in the Champions League ended when they went down 4-3 at home to FC Schalke 04 in the round of 16 second leg. Ronaldo claimed his 77th and 78th goals in UEFA club competition to surpass the record of former Madrid forward Raúl González. Madrid still advanced thanks to their 2-0 victory in Germany.

That result curtailed the Blancos’ ten-match winning sequence in the tournament, home and away, with Real only one victory away from creating a new mark. Moreover, it was their first defeat in 22 Champions League games at the Bernabéu – winning 19 – dating back to April 2011, when they lost 2-0 to FC Barcelona in their semi-final first leg.

Last season’s 5-0 aggregate thrashing of FC Bayern Munich ended a run of three successive semi-final reversals. Madrid went on to secure a tenth crown with a 4-1 success over Atlético in their 13th final.

Of the 36 Uefa competition ties in which Madrid have lost the away leg first they have triumphed on aggregate on 22 occasions – though they have lost the last four such ties. When they have been beaten 2-1 away first they have won five times and lost three, most recently against Bayern in the 2011/12 semi-finals (2-1 home, 1-3 penalties).

Madrid’s overall European Cup semifinal record is W13 L12:

  • 5-0 v FC Bayern Munich, 2013/14 (1-0 h, 4-0 a)
  • 3-4 v Borussia Dortmund, 2012/13 (1-4 a, 2-0 h)
  • 3-3 v FC Bayern Munich, 1-3 on penalties, 2011/12 (1-2 a, 2-1 h)
  • 1-3 v FC Barcelona, 2010/11 (0-2 h, 1-1 a)
  • 3-4 v Juventus, 2002/03 (2-1 h, 1-3 a)
  • 3-1 v FC Barcelona, 2001/02 (2-0 a, 1-1 h)
  • 1-3 v FC Bayern Munich, 2000/01 (0-1 h, 1-2 a)
  • 3-2 v FC Bayern Munich, 1999/2000 (2-0 h, 1-2 a)
  • 2-0 v Borussia Dortmund, 1997/98 (2-0 h, 0-0 a)
  • 1-6 v AC Milan, 1988/89 (1-1 h, 0-5 a)
  • 1-1 v PSV Eindhoven, lost on away goals, 1987/88 (1-1 h, 0-0 a)
  • 2-4 v FC Bayern Munich, 1986/87 (1-4 a, 1-0 h)
  • 2-1 v FC Inter Milan, 1980/81 (2-0 h, 0-1 a)
  • 3-5 v Hamburger SV, 1979/80 (2-0 h, 1-5 a)
  • 1-3 v FC Bayern Munich, 1975/76 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
  • 1-3 v AFC Ajax, 1972/73 (1-2 a, 0-1 h)
  • 3-4 v Manchester United FC, 1967/68 (0-1 a, 3-3 h)
  • 2-1 v FC Inter Milan, 1965/66 (1-0 h, 1-1 a)
  • 8-1 v FC Zürich, 1963/64 (2-1 a, 6-0 h)
  • 6-0 v R. Standard de Liège, 1961/62 (4-0 h, 2-0 a)
  • 6-2 v FC Barcelona, 1959/60 (3-1 h, 3-1 a)
  • 2-1 v Club Atlético de Madrid, 1958/59 (2-1 h, 0-1 a, 2-1 replay)
  • 4-2 v Vasas SC, 1957/58 (4-0 h, 0-2 a)
  • 5-3 v Manchester United FC, 1956/57 (3-1 h, 2-2 a)
  • 5-4 v AC Milan, 1955/56 (4-2 h, 1-2 a)

Ancelotti can become the first coach to land the trophy four times.

Madrid’s shoot-out record in European competition is W1 L2:

  • 5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarterfinals
  • 3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round
  • 1-3 v FC Bayern Munich, 2011/12 Champions League semifinals

Juventus

Massimiliano Allegri’s men have not conceded a goal in any of their last three away games in the Champions League – winning 2-0 at Malmö FF on matchday five and 3-0 at Borussia Dortmundin the round of 16 before drawing 0-0 at AS Monaco FC in the quarterfinal.

The Italian champions have also won 33 of the 41 Uefa competition ties in which they won the home first leg, including all four where that initial score was 2-1, most recently against Dortmund in this term’s round of 16. They also edged the home first leg against Monaco in the quarterfinals.

• After their triumph at the Bernabéu in 1962, Juve went 12 matches without victory (L9 D3) in Spain before a 2-1 win at Barcelona in their 2002/03 quarter-final second leg. Overall Juve’s record in Spain reads W3 D4 L14.

The Serie A title winners have figured in seven European Cup finals, winning two.

This is their 11th appearance in the semi-finals; they have won seven and lost three:

  • 4-3 v Real Madrid CF, 2002/03 (1-2 a, 3-1 h)
  • 3-4 v Manchester United FC, 1998/99 (1-1 a, 2-3 h)
  • 6-4 v AS Monaco FC, 1997/98 (4-1 h, 2-3 a)
  • 6-2 v AFC Ajax, 1996/97 (2-1 a, 4-1 h)
  • 4-3 v FC Nantes, 1995/96 (2-0 h, 2-3 a)
  • 3-2 v FC Girondins de Bordeaux, 1984/85 (3-0 h, 0-2 a)
  • 4-2 v Widzew Lódz, 1982/83 (2-0 h, 2-2 a)
  • 1-2 v Club Brugge KV, 1977/78 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
  • 3-1 v Derby County FC, 1972/73 (3-1 h, 0-0 a)
  • 0-3 v SL Benfica, 1967/68 (0-2 a, 0-1 h)

Having overcome Madrid in the 2002/03 semi-finals, the Bianconeri drew 0-0 in the final with a Milan side coached by Ancelotti, falling 3-2 on penalties.

The Italian team’s shoot-out record is W3 L3:

  • 2-3 v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
  • 4-2 v AFC Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
  • 1-3 v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 European Cup second round
  • 4-2 v Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
  • 1-4 v Widzew Lódz, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
  • 3-0 v Ajax, 1977/78 European Cup quarterfinal

Coach and Player links

Ancelotti coached Juventus between 1999 and 2001. His record against the Bianconeri as a coach is W6 D7 L12.

Allegri’s Milan lost 2-0 at Real Madrid – Ronaldo registering the first goal – in the 2010/11 group stage before a 2-2 draw at San Siro.

Morata came through Madrid’s youth system, plundering ten goals in 37 appearances before joining Juve last summer.

Martín Cáceres played for RC Recreativo de Huelva, Barcelona and Sevilla FC. He scored once against Madrid but lost all five encounters with the Merengues.

Zinédine Zidane, current coach of Real Madrid Castilla, represented Juve between 1996 and 2001, collecting two Serie A titles and playing in the 1997 and 1998 Champions League final defeats.

Llorente scored five times – twice at the Bernabéu – against Madrid for Athletic Club. He was on the winning side just once in 17 attempts, Athletic losing the other 16 games.

Patrice Evra, Tévez and Ronaldo were colleagues at Manchester United, winning the 2008 UEFA Champions League.

Paul Pogba and Raphaël Varane made their France debuts together on 22 March 2013 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Georgia. Karim Benzema also featured in that 3-1 victory.

Iker Casillas, Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, and Llorente were in Spain’s victorious 2010 World Cup squad.

Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Chiellini, Claudio Marchisio and Pirlo played in Italy’s 4-0 defeat by a Spain side containing Casillas, Ramos and Arbeloa in the UEFA EURO 2012 final in Kyiv. Angelo Ogbonna was an unused Italy substitute.

Pirlo and Ramos both converted spot kicks as Spain saw off Italy 7-6 on penalties in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final. Bonucci missed the decisive penalty.

Pirlo and Javier Hernández, from the spot, were on target in Italy’s 2-1 success over Mexico in the Confederations Cup group stage on 16 June 2013. Buffon, Barzagli, Chiellini and Marchisio also turned out for Italy.

James Rodríguez struck both goals as Colombia got past Cáceres’s Uruguay 2-0 in the 2014 World Cup round of 16.

Marcelo scored in the shoot-out as Brazil sneaked past Vidal’s Chile 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte at the same stage.

Benzema netted and also missed a penalty as France (fielding Evra and Pogba as a substitute) dispatched Stephan Lichtsteiner’s Switzerland 5-2 in the 2014 World Cup group stage.

Match Facts

Real Madrid

If Casillas features he will reach 150 Champions League appearances. Barcelona’s Xavi Hernández also went into the second legs on 149.

Prior to being held 2-2 by Valencia on Saturday, Madrid had won their last six home games, scoring 21 goals in the process and conceding twice.

At half-time, Madrid were 2-0 down against Valencia, Ronaldo having had a penalty saved, but goals from Pepe and Isco salvaged a draw.

Madrid have scored at least once in each of their last 52 home games, since a 1-0 defeat by Club Atlético de Madrid on 28 September 2013.

The Merengues have not failed to score at the Bernabéu in 23 Champions League outings, since a 2-0 defeat by Barcelona at the semifinal stage on 27 April 2011.

Ronaldo has scored six times in his last six Champions League games against Italian sides. His tally of nine semifinal goals in the competition is unsurpassed.

Ancelotti’s men have recorded eight wins in their last 11 matches. They were nine games unbeaten before their 2-1 defeat in Turin.

Ronaldo has struck 42 Liga goals this season, two more than Lionel Messi in the race to finish top scorer and eight shy of the Argentina forward’s record set in 2011/12. Madrid are four points behind Barcelona in the title race.

Luka Modric has not featured since spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Málaga CF on 18 April. Benzema has missed the last six games with a knee problem. Toni Kroos was taken off on Saturday but subsequent tests revealed no injury.

Juventus

Juventus have won the first leg of a Uefa competition tie 2-1 on four occasions – and progressed each time.

Stefano Sturaro made his first Champions League start in the first leg against Madrid.

Juventus clinched a fourth successive Italian title with four games to spare on 2 May. They celebrated their success in Turin on Saturday, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Cagliari Calcio.

The Bianconeri have a better defensive record away than at home this season, conceding just 12 goals in 24 matches on their travels.

Tévez has scored seven Champions League goals this season, one more than in his five previous campaigns combined. His goal on matchday one was his first in the competition since April 2009 and 1,003 minutes of play.

Tévez has scored 20 Serie A goals this season and is three goals shy of his career-best total for a league campaign, set in 2009/10 while at Manchester City.

Cáceres (out since 5 March, ankle) remains sidelined; Pogba (out since 18 March, thigh) returned to score Juventus’s goal against Cagliari on Saturday.

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