Alvaro Morata left Real Madrid for Juventus during the summer, and he ended up with the deciding goal to put Juve through 3-2 on aggregate after the game in Madrid ended up in a 1-1 tie. The former Real Madrid striker showed great composure inside the penalty box and now Juventus is heading to Berlin and a date with Barcelona in the Champions League Final.
Real was pounding Juventus in the first half and had 11 shots, with five hitting the target. Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute, his 77th Champions League goal (tied for most in history with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi), and at that point it was 2-2 on aggregate and Real was through thanks to the away goal rule as they snagged a goal in the 2-1 Juventus win in Turin in the first leg.
Real had several good chances to extend the lead, but veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon made several key stops to keep Juve in the game. Juve did a good job of absorbing the pressure from Real that matched a very offensive minded lineup with a front trio of Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
The barrage continued in the second half, but Real had a hard time hitting the net as they ended up with 19 shots (six on target) throughout the game. Juventus only had six shots (four on target) but they got that all important goal by Morata in the 57th minute that ended up being the decider. Paul Pogba headed the ball to Morata from the left side inside the penalty box and Morata showed great poise as he took the ball down with his chest and hit the ball on the half volley with his left foot from about the penalty spot.
After the goal, the Italian side did what Italian teams do best, protect the house and the lead. It’s not always so fun to watch, but you have to give Juventus credit for being able to close out the game away to Real who is extremely strong at home at Santiago Bernabeu.
Juventus will now move on and take on Barcelona in the Champions League Final on 6 June in Berlin. It will be another big challenge for Juventus as they are up against another team with a lethal attacking trio in Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.