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Carlos Tevez spot on against Real Madrid as he gives Juventus Champions League hope

Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid

By Robert Jones

Published 06/05/2015

Crucial goal: Carlos Tevez enjoys the moment after making it 2-1 to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid in Turin. The 2-1 scoreline gives the Italians a fighting chance going into next week’s second leg at the Bernabeu
Crucial goal: Carlos Tevez enjoys the moment after making it 2-1 to Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid in Turin. The 2-1 scoreline gives the Italians a fighting chance going into next week’s second leg at the Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 76th goal of his UEFA Champions League career to nudge ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the all-time standings but it was not enough to save Real Madrid from defeat in Turin.

Juventus will take a slender 2-1 advantage into next week's semi-final second leg in Spain after an early effort from Madrid-born Alvaro Morata and a second-half penalty from Carlos Tevez sandwiched Ronaldo's close-range header.

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra hailed the effort put in by his Juventus team mates.

"The most important thing was the win," Evra commented.

"It is never easy against Real and I am very proud of my team mates and staff.

"We prepared very well and we got the win.

"We are very confident. Well done, we are 50 per cent of the way there.

"Nobody expected us to get this far - it is 12 years since we got this far."

Evra added: "Carlos Tevez has United blood like myself. He is a champion.

"He has had a fantastic year and we want to win the Champions League. He is a massive professional."

The Italians looked determined to make the most of their first Champions League semi-final in 12 years as they took the game to the visitors and were denied an early penalty claim when Arturo Virdal went down in the box.

Morata, who left Real for Juventus last summer, refused to celebrate when he slotted the opener after eight minutes when Tevez cut into the right side of the box and sent in a low cross.

The impressive Tevez was close to making it two when he dragged a shot across the face of goal after being sent clear by Stefano Sturaro, while Ronaldo uncharacteristically wasted a similar opportunity at the other end.

But Ronaldo could hardly miss in the 27th minute when James Rodriguez lofted a perfect cross across the face of goal and the Portuguese superstar was left with the simplest of opportunities to once again make history.

Rodriguez should have put the visitors in front in the 41st minute when he met an Isco cross with a diving header in front of goal which struck the bar before Marcelo knocked the rebound over.

Juventus continued to press early in the second half and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot when Tevez was brought down by Daniel Carvajal in the 56th minute, the Argentinian picking himself up to hit a firm effort past keeper Iker Casillas.

The home side continued to press for a third goal with Morata's replacement Fernando Llorente playing a central role in two chances in the dying minutes.

The Spaniard beat Raphael Varane on the right but could not quite cut the ball back for Roberto Pereira in the box, then he failed to connect in front of goal from an Andrea Pirlo free-kick.

Juventus: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo, Sturaro (Barzagli 64), Vidal, Tévez (Pereyra 86), Morata (Llorente 78). Substitutes: Pepe, Padoin, Storari, Matri

Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo, Rodríguez, Ramos, Kroos, Isco (Hernández 63), Bale (Jesé 86), Ronaldo. Substitutes: Fábio Coentrão, Navas, Borges, Arbeloa, Illarramendi

Man of the match: Carlos Tevez

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)

Belfast Telegraph

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