Juventus defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the 1stleg of the UEFA Champions League at the Juventus Stadium in Torino.
The Old Lady came firing out of the gate at the start of the game. For the first 15th minutes, Juventus dominated, took the game to Real Madrid and create a few quality chances. Juve were rewarded in the 8thminute as former Real Madrid striker Morata scored off a rebound from a Tevez shot. Juventus strung together 27 passes before Morata put the ball in the net. After about 15 minutes, Juve seemed to let their foot off the gas a bit and Real Madrid started playing better. After a solid 10 minutes of Real Madrid having the better of the play, Cristiano Ronaldo found himself wide open in the box to easily head home off a ball from James Rodriguez in the 27th minute. The remainder of the first half was pretty even with both teams having solid spells of possession.
The beginning of the second half wasn’t as free flowing as the first 45 minutes with both teams committing petty fouls. A Real Madrid corner that was cleared to the feet of Marcelo, who had his left- footed shot blocked, sprung a 2 v 2 counter attack for Juventus. Tevez received the ball in the middle of the park and dribbled straight at Carvajal. Morata was sprinting forward to catch up to Tevez but Marcelo tripped him up. Tevez took the ball into the box on his left foot and Carvajal brought him down for a penalty. Marcelo received a yellow card for tripping up Morata but surprisingly Carvajal did not receive any booking. Tevez calmly slotted the spot kick down the middle for his 50th goal in a Juventus jersey. Real Madrid had a couple of half chances but no real clear-cut opportunities. As the game wore on, Juve seemed more content to stay organized and placed their priority on defense. Substitute Fernando Llorente had a golden opportunity in stoppage time as he found himself wide open at the far post off a Pirlo free kick but headed the ball downward straight to Casillas. If Llorente finished that, this tie would have a different dynamic at 3-1.
Yet nonetheless, Juventus Football Club showed tonight that they belong with the big boys in Europe. Max Allegri had his squad very well organized and compact all match which prevented any dangerous Real Madrid counter attacks. The ability to smoothly transition from a 4-4-2 to a 3-5-2 is great and Allegri deserves credit for that. It’s a pleasure to see an Italian team having success this deep in the Champions League. Juventus can celebrate beating the defending European champions only for a short time though because the second leg in Madrid will be tough. The away goal could be decisive for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Juventus showed tonight this is where they belong and they deserved the victory tonight. The return leg will be played in Madrid on May 13th.