Juventus Edge Past Real 2-1 At Home In 1st Leg Champions League Semifinal
Former Real Madrid man Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez both scored for Juventus as the recently crowned Serie A champions edged past defending champions Real Madrid at home on Tuesday.
Morata didn’t celebrate when netting the first goal of the match in the 9th minute against his former teammates, after a mesh of 27 pass-move ended at him. He was transferred to Juventus through off-season transfer window, after being part of the 10th European Cup title victory for the Spanish giants.
Cristiano Ronaldo notched up his 76th goal of the tournament in the 27th minute to restore parity for Real. His former Manchester United teammate and in-form Argentine striker Carlos Tevez slotted home the decider from the spot. Tevez was brought down inside the box by Madrid defender Dani Carvajal in the 57 th minute.
Ronaldo’s away goal leaves Madrid with a fair chance of playing back-to-back finals ahead of their home game scheduled on May 13. A 1-0 win will secure the final berth for Carlo Ancelotti’s men.
”We played well at times, we had good opportunities, we have to do the same in the return leg, We made more mistakes than normal, that was because of Juve’s pressing. Their line was higher in the second half.” Madrid boss sounded hopeful about his side’s chances.
“We have confidence because we are playing at home and the fans there will help us. We have to be patient. The result is a negative one, but not such a bad one.”
On the other-hand, Juventus is on a quest for the crown after long 19 years.
”I am very happy with the lads’ performance,” Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri explained after the match. ”They proved how strong they were, even though I think we can still do better. We’ll have to put on a master show at Madrid. We’ll now start preparing for Wednesday, knowing that we have to play even better than tonight.”