Juventus Deserve Their Advantage
Real Madrid were clearly missing the influence of the injured Luka Modric in midfield, and it was that gap that Juventus exploited during an early few moments when they got right on top of their illustrious opponents and forced the lead.
A 2-1 home win can so often prove to be the slenderest of first leg advantages but an advantage it is nonetheless, and it is one which the hosts certainly deserved following a night of determined effort and no little quality.
Real Will Probably Take It Though
On the flip side of that argument, Real Madrid will know that given their below par performance on the evening this wasn’t actually too bad an outcome for them.
A 1-0 win at the Bernabeu next week will put them into a second successive final, and given the fact that they are almost certain to play better in front of their own fans than they did here, they’ll probably take that.
Real Feel The Curse Of The Ex More Than Most
When you go through the amount of players that Real Madrid do, there are bound to be some that come back to haunt you.
In conceding the early goal to Alvaro Morata which so blew open this semi-final after just eight minutes, Real were bitten by the hand that they used to feed in the Champions League for a staggering seventh time, with the young Spaniard joining Ivan Zamorano, Fernando Morientes, Julio Cesar, Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in netting against their former side in Europe’s elite competition.
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Cristiano Ronaldo Has Edged Back In Front
Given how much they dominate anything and everything about the elite level of the modern game, you wouldn’t be surprised if this constant battle for Champions League goalscoring supremacy between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had been somehow stage-managed.
This wasn’t a vintage night for the Portuguese, but his close range header from James Rodriguez’s excellent cross did give him a 76-75 lead over his great foe, who has a chance to both equal and indeed go back in front of Ronaldo when he faces up to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.
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Carlos Tevez Is One Of The Most Underrated Forwards In The Game
A Sir Alex Ferguson-abusing, Roberto Mancini-defying misfit to many, there is a large swathe of followers of the English game who will have long since written off Carlos Tevez.
Looking leaner and quicker than at any point during his time in the Premier League, the turbo-charged Argentinean was excellent here as he took the fight to Real and drove them back at crucial moments in both the first and second halves.
His run to win the penalty was absolutely outstanding, and in netting it he bagged his 29th goal of the season – a total which can hardly be sniffed at and one which underlines why it is time he was given a little more respect.
He certainly has to be treated with some by Real next week, or the holders could be heading out.
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