Juventus draw with Real to reach Champions League final
Juventus draw with
Real to reach CL final
Juventus came back from a goal down to draw 1-1 with Real Madrid yesterday and line up a Champions League final against Barcelona with a 3-2 victory on aggregate.
Former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata scored the priceless equaliser for Juventus against his old club in the 57th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Madrid were trailing 2-1 after last week's first leg in Turin and the defending champions looked to have turned the contest around in the 23rd minute when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty to give his side a 1-0 lead.
But Morata's goal from close range meant there will be no all-Spanish final in Berlin on June 6 and Juventus get a chance to life the trophy for a third time.
"This doesn't end here," Morata said. "We want to create history."
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri paid tribute to his match-winner and the rest of the team.
"Alvaro has grown physically, mentally and tactically," he said. "I'm proud, this is an extraordinary squad. They've outdone themselves."
For Madrid, the pursuit of an 11th European Cup title ended at their own stadium after an impressive run of form.
"It's hard," Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. "The team fought, but we have to say goodbye. We thought we had done enough with the goal, but we let it slip and paid the price. Their goal hit our team's morale hard."
Morata, who was with Madrid from 2008-2014, did not celebrate - repeating his reaction after scoring in the first leg.
"It's a strange sensation," Morata said. "I'm moved because it was an important goal, but it's a difficult situation for me."
Madrid has a buy-back clause on the player and club president Florentino Perez had wanted to include a sub-clause saying the Spain forward couldn't play against his old club. That move was rejected by UEFA and Juventus.