Juventus beat Real in CL semi-final
TURIN, Italy (AP):
Former Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata came back to haunt his old club as he sent Juventus on their way to a 2-1 victory over the holders in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final yesterday.
Morata, who moved to Juventus in the offseason shortly after helping Madrid to a record 10th European Cup title, didn't celebrate after scoring the opening goal in the ninth minute.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the competition's all-time top scorer with Madrid's equaliser in the 27th minute, but his former Manchester United teammate Carlos Tevez also continued his fantastic season as he restored Juventus' lead from the spot shortly before the hour after being brought down by Dani Carvajal.
"We played well at times, we had good opportunities, we have to do the same in the return leg," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, who had a two-year spell in charge of Juventus from 1999-2001. "We made more mistakes than normal, that was because of Juve's pressing. Their line was higher in the second half.
"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."
Juventus, which last won the competition 19 years ago, will continue their bid to reach their first final since 2003 in the return leg in Madrid on May 13.
"I am very happy with the lads' performance," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "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 (next week), knowing that we have to play even better than tonight."
Backed by a passionate home crowd, Morata gave his side the perfect start. Claudio Marchisio slotted the ball through to Tevez and although Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas got a hand to the Argentine's shot, he only succeeded in deflecting the ball to Morata, who tapped in from close range.
Ronaldo levelled by heading into an empty net from close range, after James Rodriguez hooked in a cross from the right of the penalty area.
It was the Portugal star's 76th goal in the competition - one more than Lionel Messi - whose Barcelona side hosts Bayern Munich in the other semi-final today.
The Italian side was under pressure from Madrid at the start of the second period and camped inside their own half in the build-up to their second goal.
The ball was cleared to Tevez, who went on a blistering run down almost the entire length of the field before being brought down by Carvajal.
The tension was palpable and the normally ice-cool Buffon couldn't even bear to look, standing in his goal with his back to the action. However, Tevez blasted his spot-kick straight down the middle for his 29th goal of the season.
"I've been doing that since the 2006 World Cup final," Buffon said. "I just focused on a single fan and when he got up, I knew we'd scored!"