Juventus will face Barcelona in the Champions League Final after eliminating Real Madrid 3-2 on aggregate. Alvaro Morata, who grew up in the Merengues youth academy, scored in both legs and the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu sealed their qualification, the first since 2003. The first leg saw a 2-1 victory for the Bianconeri, but the away goal left it in the balance. Paul Pogba and Karim Benzema returned from injury, though at least the Frenchman managed an hour and scored a goal on Saturday against Cagliari. Sergio Ramos returned to defence and Raphael Varane was picked ahead of Pepe. Juve stuck with a four-man defence and Alvaro Morata faced his former teammates. The history was on Juvea s side, as Madrid hadna t gone through after losing the first leg in 13 years, getting eliminated seven times in a row. The tone was set for a night of Madrid attacks just 35 seconds in when Marcelo’s deep cross picked […]

Lionel Messi scored two outstanding goals and set up Neymar to add another in injury time as Barcelona handed Bayern Munich and former coach Pep Guardiola a 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. Not even the coach who helped Messi become one of the best to play the game could find a way of stopping the prolific forward from scoring his record 76th and 77th goals in the competition. Messi rifled a left-footed strike between Manuel Neuer and the post in the 77th, and three minutes later brought defender Jerome Boateng to the turf before chipping the goalkeeper. Messi was in inspired form from the start, and rounded off by providing the pass for Neymar to race away and score in stoppage time. Thomas Vermaelen had yet to make his debut for La Blaugrana since his arrival from Arsenal last summer but was given the green light to take his place on the […]

Juventus moved into the last four of the Champions League for the first time in 12 years after playing out a goalless draw with Monaco in the second leg of their quarterfinal tie. Juve went into the clash with a 1-0 aggregate lead after tasting victory against the principality club in the first leg and the Italian giants held onto that lead to book their place in the last-four draw along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid. The Old Lady made the trip south to the Stade Louis II aware of the fact that a clean sheet would mean progression to the Champions League semifinals and a place at football’s top table. Massimiliano Allegri chose to send out his men in the tried-and-tested 3-5-2, with Andrea Barzagli’s return offering aerial reinforcement against a Monaco attack heavily reliant on crosses from the wings. Andrea Pirlo came back to the base of midfield, with Roberto Pereyra starting this one from the […]

Carlos Tevez scored twice and set up Alvaro Morata as Juventus crushed Borussia 3-0 in Dortmund. Their first-leg advantage allowed them to focus on defending in Dortmund and they performed their task to perfection. Jurgen Kloppa s men never even came close to troubling Gianluigi Buffon as Juventus happily sat back and conceded possession, with Dortmund having zero shots on target in the opening 45 minutes. The Bundesliga side seemed to lack a clear gameplan and were devoid of ideas. Dortmunda s main dangerman, Marco Reus, was hardly involved, while fellow attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Kevin Kampl were all anonymous. Max Allegri leads the Old Lady through to the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a 5-1 aggregate triumph. The Bianconeri won the first leg 2-1, but Andrea Pirlo, Martin Caceres, Kwadwo Asamoah and Romulo were sidelined. Jurgen Klopp dropped Ciro Immobile to the bench against his old club and opted for Sokratis Papastathopoulos at right-back. The visitors took […]