Real Madrid are within touching distance of a place in an eighth successive Uefa Champions League semifinal after a dominant display at Juventus, who need something extraordinary at the Santiago Bernabéu.
Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo – the second a stunning overhead effort – were added to by Marcelo at the Juventus Stadium on 3 April to put Zinédine Zidane’s side in control of the tie. That 3-0 win ended Juve’s 27-game, five-year unbeaten home run in European competition.
This will be the teams’ 21st contest. The 19th took place at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff on 3 June 2017, Madrid running out 4-1 winners to claim a 12th European title, becoming the first team to retain the trophy in the Uefa
Champions League era, and overcoming Juve in the final for the second time following their 1998 success.
Juventus, however, have won the sides’ last four two-legged knockout ties, and were the last side to eliminateMadrid in the competition, beating them in the 2014/15 semifinals.
All 20 of the teams’ previous meetings have come in the the European Cup. The first leg was Madrid’s tenth win in matches against the Bianconeri; Juve have eight victories with two draws. Madrid now have 25 goals to Juve’s 22.
In last season’s final, Madrid struck first through Ronaldo, making him the first player to score in three Uefa Champions League finals. Though Mario Mandžukic’s spectacular overhead kick levelled before the break – the Croatian becoming the sixth player to find the net in two finals – second-half strikes from Casemiro (61), Ronaldo again (64) and Marco Asensio (90) took the trophy to Madrid. Juve also lost Juan Cuadrado to an 84th-minute red card, the Colombian the third player to be sent off in a European Cup final.
The line-ups were:
Juventus: Buffon, Dani Alves, Barzagli (Cuadrado 66), Bonucci, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Pjanic (Marchisio 71), Khedira, Mandžukic, Dybala (Lemina 78), Higuaín.
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos (Morata 89), Casemiro, Modric, Isco (Asensio 82), Ronaldo, Benzema (Bale 77).
Their most recent two-legged encounters came in the 2014/15 semifinals, when Juve won 3-2 on aggregate. Goals from ex-Madrid striker Álvaro Morata – who played for the Merengues in the 2017 final – and Carlos Tévez gave Juve a 2-1 first-leg victory in Turin, despite Ronaldo’s reply.
Ronaldo was again on target in Madrid, only for a 57th-minute equaliser from Morata to earn a 1-1 draw and take Juve into their first final for 12 years.
The line-ups at the Santiago Bernabéu on 13 May 2015 were:
Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Isco, James Rodríguez, Bale, Benzema (Hernández 67), Ronaldo.
Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo (Barzagli 79), Vidal, Pogba (Pereyra 89), Morata (Llorente 84), Tévez.
Madrid were 2-1 winners at the Bernabéu in the 2013/14 group stage with Ronaldo scoring twice in the first 30 minutes. Juve have lost only three of the last nine matches between the pair (W4 D2), although they have been beaten in the last two.
Ronaldo has scored in all six of his appearances against Juventus for Real Madrid – nine goals in all.
Juventus ousted Madrid in the 2004/05 round of 16, the 2002/03 semifinals and the 1995/96 quarterfinals, but Madrid claimed their seventh European Cup at Juve’s expense in 1998. Predrag Mijatovic’s close-range effort in the 66th minute proved enough to win that year’s Uefa Champions League final against a Juve side featuring current Madrid coach Zinédine Zidane.
The sides at the Amsterdam ArenA on 20 May 1998 were:
Juventus: Peruzzi, Pessotto (Fonseca 70), Torricelli, Montero, Iuliano, Di Livio (Tacchinardi 46), Deschamps (Conte 77), Davids, Zidane, Del Piero, Inzaghi.
Real Madrid: Illgner, Panucci, Hierro, Sanchís, Roberto Carlos, Redondo, Karembeu, Seedorf, Raúl (Amavisca 90), Morientes (Jaime Sánchez 81), Mijatovic (Šuker 90).
Madrid have not beaten Juventus in a two-legged tie since the 1986/87 European Cup second round, when each side won their home leg 1-0. The Spanish side prevailed 3-1 in the penalty shoot-out after the Turin second leg.
The Merengues have won five of their eight home matches against Juventus, losing two and drawing the other.
• Madrid are in the European Cup quarterfinals for the 35th time, more than any other side. Their record is W28 L6:
2016/17 FC Bayern München W 6-3 (2-1 a, 4-2 h)
2015/16 VfL Wolfsburg W 3-2 (0-2 a, 3-0 h)
2014/15 Club Atlético de Madrid W 1-0 (0-0 a, 1-0 h)
2013/14 Borussia Dortmund W 3-2 (3-0 h, 0-2 a)
2012/13 Galatasaray AS W 5-3 (3-0 h, 2-3 a)
2011/12 Apoel FC W 8-2 (3-0 a, 5-2 h)
2010/11 Tottenham Hotspur FC W 5-0 (4-0 h, 1-0 a)
2003/04 AS Monaco FC L 5-5, away goals (4-2 h, 1-3 a)
2002/03 Manchester United FC W 6-5 (3-1 h, 3-4 a)
2001/02 FC Bayern München W 3-2 (1-2 a, 2-0 h)
2000/01 Galatasaray AS W 5-3 (2-3 a, 3-0 h)
1999/00 Manchester United FC W 3-2 (0-0 h, 3-2 a)
1998/99 FC Dynamo Kyiv L 1-3 (1-1 h, 0-2 a)
1997/98 Bayer 04 Leverkusen W 4-1 (1-1 a, 3-0 h)
1995/96 Juventus L 1-2 (1-0 h, 0-2 a)
1990/91 FC Spartak Moskva L 1-3 (0-0 a, 1-3 h)
1988/89 PSV Eindhoven W 3-2 (1-1 a, 2-1 h)
1987/88 FC Bayern München W 4-3 (2-3 a, 2-0 h)
1986/87 FK Crvena zvezda W 4-4 away goals (2-4 a, 2-0 h)
1980/81 FC Spartak Moskva W 2-0 (0-0 a, 2-0 h)
1979/80 Celtic FC W 3-2 (0-2 a, 3-0 h)
1975/76 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach W 3-3 away goals (2-2 a, 1-1 h)
1972/73 FC Dynamo Kyiv W 3-0 (0-0 a, 3-0 h)
1967/68 AC Sparta Praha W 4-2 (3-0 h, 1-2 a)
1966/67 FC Internazionale Milano L 0-3 (0-1 a, 0-2 h)
1965/66 RSC Anderlecht W 4-3 (0-1 a, 4-2 h)
1964/65 SL Benfica L 3-6 (1-5 a, 2-1 h)
1963/64 AC Milan W 4-3 (4-1 h, 0-2 a)
1961/62 Juventus W 3-1 replay (1-0 a,
Madrid have won 23 of their 32 home matches against Italian opponents (D3 L6).
The Spanish club have lost just two of their last 28 European fixtures, most recently the 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on matchday four, winning 20 and drawing six. Those draws include the 2016 final against Atlético, which Madrid won on penalties in Milan.
Madrid have lost only one of the 32 Uefa competition ties in which they won the first leg away from home, most recently beating Bayern at this stage last season (2-1 away, 4-2 home aet). The exception came against Odense BK in the 1994/95 Uefa Cup third round when a 3-2 away success preceded a 2-0 home reverse.
Madrid’s shoot-out record in European competition is W2 L2:
5-3 v Club Atlético de Madrid, 2015/16 Uefa Champions League final
1-3 v FC Bayern München, 2011/12 Uefa Champions League semifinal
3-1 v Juventus, 1986/87 European Cup second round
5-6 v FK Crvena zvezda, 1974/75 European Cup Winners’ Cup quarterfinal
• This is Juve’s 18th European Cup quarterfinal; their record is W12 L5:
2016/17 FC Barcelona W 3-0 (3-0 h, 0-0 a)
2014/15 AS Monaco FC W 1-0 (1-0 h, 0-0 a)
2012/13 FC Bayern München L 0-4 (0-2 a, 0-2 h)
2005/06 Arsenal FC L 0-2 (0-2 a, 0-0 h)
2004/05 Liverpool FC L 1-2 (1-2 a, 0-0 h)
2002/03 FC Barcelona W 3-2 (1-1 h, 2-1 a aet)
1998/99 Olympiacos FC W 3-2 (2-1 h, 1-1 a)
1997/98 FC Dynamo Kyiv W 5-2 (1-1 h, 4-1 a)
1996/97 Rosenborg BK W 3-1 (1-1 a, 2-0 h)
1995/96 Real Madrid CF W 2-1 (0-1 a, 2-0 h)
1985/86 FC Barcelona L 1-2 (0-1 a, 1-1 h)
1984/85 AC Sparta Praha W 3-1 (3-0 h, 0-1 a)
1982/83 Aston Villa FC W 5-2 (2-1 a, 3-1 h)
1977/78 AFC Ajax W 3-0 penalties (1-1 a, 1-1 h)
1972/73 Újpest FC W 2-2 away goals (0-0 h, 2-2 a)
1967/68 Eintracht Braunschweig W 1-0 replay (2-3 a, 1-0 h)
1961/62 Real Madrid CF L 1-3 replay (0-1 h, 1-0 a)
Juve’s record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs is W9 L6, the most recent encounter a 3-0 aggregate win against Barcelona at this stage last season (3-0 home, 0-0 away).
The Bianconeri have already faced Spanish opposition in this season’s competition, losing 3-0 at Barcelona on matchday one before a goalless Turin draw on 22 November. Their winless run against Liga clubs is now five games (D2 L3).
Juventus have played 57 games against Spanish clubs in Uefa competition, with the record W19 D15 L23 F62 A65.
The first leg was Juve’s joint heaviest home European defeat, equalling their 3-0 loss against Manchester United FC in the 2002/03 second group stage and the 4-1 defeat at home to Bayern on matchday six in 2009/10.
Juve opened this European season with that defeat at Barcelona but were unbeaten in seven games (W4 D3) before the first leg, qualifying for the knockout stages thanks to a 2-0 win at Olympiacos FC on matchday six.
Juve collected four points on their travels in this season’s group stage to finish second behind Barcelona in Group D,
picking up a 1-1 draw at Sporting in between the defeat in Spain and win in Greece. In the round of 16, they were held 2-2 at home by Tottenham but went through with a 2-1 second-leg away win.
The 0-0 draw at Barcelona in last season’s quarterfinal second leg was the only one of Juve’s six away matches in 2016/17 that they failed to win, with five clean sheets and just one goal conceded to 12 scored. Defeat at the Camp Nou on matchday one ended a six-game unbeaten away run in Europe.
Juventus won 3-1 at Sevilla FC on matchday five last term; that is their only victory from their last seven trips to Spain. Their overall away record against Liga opposition is W4 D6 L16.
This is only the second time Juventus have lost the home first leg in Uefa competition. The only previous occasion was that 1962 European Cup quarterfinal with Madrid, when they won 1-0 away but lost the Paris replay 3-1.
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 13
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Match press kit Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
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
Zidane represented Juve between 1996 and 2001, collecting two Serie A titles and playing in the 1997 and 1998 Uefa Champions League final defeats, the latter against Madrid.
Zidane’s chipped penalty beat Gianluigi Buffon in the 2006 Fifa World Cup final in Berlin. The Frenchman was then sent off in extra time in what was his final game as a player, before Italy prevailed on penalties.
Massimiliano Allegri’s Milan lost 2-0
Sergio Ramos is suspended after his booking in Turin. Mateo Kovacic is a booking away from a ban.
This game will be Ronaldo’s 150th in the Uefa Champions League, group stage to final. Only two players have made more appearances – Iker Casillas (167) and Xavi Hernández (151).
Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in this season’s competition – six more than any other player. He has also had 29 shots on target and 27 shots off target, also competition highs.
Ronaldo has 26 goals in his last 15 games for club and country, including two in added time as Portugal beat Egypt 2-1 on 23 March. He has scored in ten consecutive appearances for Madrid.
Before Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Club Atlético de Madrid, Madrid had recorded six successive victories in all competitions and won 11 of the previous 12, losing the other.
Prior to Sunday Madrid had won their last five home matches in all competitions, but before that run they had recorded only one victory in the previous five, losing three. Their record at the Santiago Bernabéu this season is W14 D6 L4.
Zinédine Zidane’s side have scored 30 goals in their last eight home matches in all competitions. Overall this season they have managed 62 home goals, conceding 28.
Madrid have kept only four clean sheets in their last 21 games in all competitions, and one in the last 11 at home.
Gareth Bale has six goals in his last five games for club and country, and has struck ten times in 18 matches for Madrid in 2018.
The 1-0 loss at RCD Espanyol on 27 February was Madrid’s fifth Liga defeat of the season, two more than they suffered in their 2016/17 title-winning campaign.
Isco scored his first career hat-trick as a Spain side also featuring Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Ramos and substitute Lucas Vázquez overwhelmed Argentina 6-1 on 27 March.
Ramos made his 150th international appearance against Argentina, having also featured in the 1-1 draw with Germany four days earlier.
Bale became Wales’ all-time top scorer with 29 goals after a hat-trick against China on 22 March, surpassing Ian Rush’s total of 28.
Jesús Vallejo had not played since 18 January due to a hamstring problem before featuring for Spain’s Under-21 side in a 3-1 defeat of Estonia on 27 March; he also played 90 minutes of Madrid’s 3-0 victory at UD Las Palmas on 31 March.
Madrid lifted the Fifa Club World Cup for the second year in a row – and the third time in four years – with a 1-0 defeat of Brazil’s Grêmio FBPA on 17 December. Ronaldo scored the winner having also been on target in the 2-1 semifinal win against Al Jazira Club of the UAE.
Paulo Dybala is banned after his first-leg red card while Rodrigo Bentancur is also suspended following his booking in the first game, although Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia are available again after missing the game in Turin through suspension. Giorgio Chiellini and Alex Sandro will incur a ban with their next bookings.
Madrid’s win in the first game was only Juve’s second home defeat in 76 matches in all competitions (W64 D10); the other was a 2-1 defeat against SS Lazio on 14 October 2017.
Juve’s defeat by Madrid also ended a 25-match unbeaten run in all competitions (W21 D4), since the 3-2 reverse at UC Sampdoria on 19 November.
Juventus were 4-2 winners at Benevento on Saturday, Dybala scoring a hat-trick. The two goals the Bianconeri conceded equalled their total for the previous 12 Serie A games put together.
A goal from AC Milan’s former Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci on 31 March was the first the Bianconeri had conceded in the league in 2018, in their 11th fixture. Juve, who beat Milan 3-1, have conceded only four in their last 18 Serie A games.
The goalless draw at SPAL on 17 March ended Juve’s streak of 12 consecutive wins in Serie A, and a run of 11 succesive away victories in all competitions. It was only the second time the Bianconeri have failed to score in the league this season. However, the Benevento success on Saturday was only the third time in those 12 matches Juve scored three or more goals in an away game.
Khedira’s goal against Milan was his seventh this season in Serie A – already his best total in Turin. Alex Sandro has three, equalling his most prolific season for the club set last year.
Juan Cuadrado underwent groin surgery on 30 January and had not played since 23 December before returning asa second-half substitute against Milan; he came on for the last 15 minutes in the first leg and played 58 minutes at Benevento.
Federico Bernardeschi has not played since suffering a knee injury in the 1-0 derby win against Torino FC on 18 February.
Benedikt Höwedes has been sidelined with a serious thigh injury since November and has been removed from Juve’s Uefa Champions League squad, although he was among the substitutes in the last two league games.
Buffon made his 500th league appearance for Juventus against Fiorentina on 9 February.
Juve will play Milan in the Coppa Italia final at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on 9 May – the Turin team’s fourth successive final.
On 26 March Massimiliano Allegri won the “Panchina d’Oro” (Golden Bench) award as the best coach of the previous season, as voted by his peers.
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