Juventus Ousts Real to Join Barcelona in Champions League FinalDex McLuskey
Juventus eliminated Real Madrid to reach the Champions League final, where it will play Barcelona.
Juventus advanced with a 3-2 total over two games after a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on Wednesday. The Italian champion won 2-1 in the series opener in Turin.
Juventus has been European champion twice, in 1985 and 1996, while Barcelona has won three of its four titles since 2006. The final on June 6 in Berlin will be the eighth for both Barcelona and Juventus.
A victory for Madrid would have set up the second straight Champions League final between Spanish teams. Real defeated Atletico Madrid in last year’s final to win European soccer’s elite tournament for a record-extending 10th time.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute last night with his 10th goal in a Champions League semifinal. It was his 307th goal for Madrid, tying him with Alfredo di Stefano, 16 goals behind record club scorer Raul’s 323 goals. Ronaldo is the Champions League career scoring leader with 77 goals, two more than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
Alvaro Morata tied Wednesday’s contest 1-1 and put Juventus ahead 3-2 in the two-match series with a low left-footed shot in the 57th minute. Morata, who played as a second-half substitute for Madrid in last year’s Champions League final, scored the opening goal against his former team in the first game of the semifinal.
Juventus eliminated Barcelona the only time the teams met in the Champions League, at the quarterfinal stage in 2003.
Madrid was seeking to become the first team since AC Milan in 1990 to successfully defend the trophy. Real’s Carlo Ancelotti was also trying to become the first coach to win the trophy four times.
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