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Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus: Alvaro Morata strike sends Juve into Champions League final

(Juventus win 3-2 on aggregate)

Published 13/05/2015

Juventus' goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon celebrates winning the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates after wining the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Oscar del Pozo)
Real Madrid's Luka Modric celebrates after wining the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Oscar del Pozo)
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Oscar del Pozo)
Juventus' Andrea Pirlo, left, greets his substitute during the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale reacts during the Champions League second leg semifinal soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus, at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos gestures during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZODANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus players celebrate their qualification for the final at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. The game ended with a draw 1-1. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba (6) celebrates with teammates their qualification for the final at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. The game ended with a draw 1-1. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' Argentinian midfielder Roberto Pereyra (2ndL) and Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba (3rdL) celebrate their qualification for the final at the end of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. The game ended with a draw 1-1. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' players celebrate winning after the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' Spanish forward Alvaro Morata (L) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' Spanish forward Alvaro Morata (L) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' Spanish forward Alvaro Morata (UP) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZODANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal (L) vies with Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale (L) vies with Juventus' French defender Patrice Evra during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid players celebrate after scoring their first goal during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ CURTO DE LA TORRECURTO DE LA TORRE/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's midfielder Isco and Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale vie with Juventus' French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANOJAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid fans brandish scarves prior to the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon argues with referee during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Juventus' French defender Patrice Evra and Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale lie on the field during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZODANI POZO/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) celebrates with Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (L) celebrates with Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos after scoring during the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ GERARD JULIENGERARD JULIEN/AFP/Getty Images
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid takes a free kick during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts after a missed chance on goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Toni Kroos of Real Madrid is challenged by Stephan Lichtsteiner of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Fans arrive at the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Real Madrid fans arrive at the stadium prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: A general view of the stadium during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 13: Merchandise goes on sale prior to kickoff during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final, second leg match between Real Madrid and Juventus at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 13, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alvaro Morata returned to the Bernabeu to haunt Real Madrid and send Juventus through to the Champions League Final.

The 22-year-old, who scored the opener in Turin against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, once again reminded his former boss of his striking qualities having been deemed surplus to requirements by the Liga giants.

Last season, Morata averaged a goal every 70 minutes in the league for Real, but was allowed to leave the club in the summer. Juventus snapped him up for £20 million. How sweet a signing that must feel now for Massimiliano Allegri.

In truth, Real Madrid were made to pay for not capitalising on a first half that saw Juventus’ back four fail to win a single challenge throughout the half.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty had looked to be sending Ancelotti’s side through on away goals, but once again a midfielder lacking of notable defensive cover was caught out and, thanks to some questions goalkeeping, Iker Casillas’ goal was breached.

Juventus will now play in their first Champions League Final for 12 years, facing Barcelona in Berlin on June 6.

Independent News Service

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