Thursday, 14 May 2015

Real Madrid v Juventus: Champions League semi-final – as it happened

Gigi Buffon roars. Up in the Gods, the Juventus fans roar back. They’ve done it. Against all the odds, they’ve beaten Real Madrid and they are in the Champions League final for the first time since 2003. Who saw this coming? The Real Madrid fans look on with glum expressions. James Rodriguez is inconsolable. He’s in tears. It’s all gone very wrong for the holders in the past week. They’re out of the Champions League and the league title is slipping out of their grasp too. Oh dear. Maybe they should spend some more money? That’ll do it. They’ll be after a new manager too. This defeat effectively serves as Carlo Ancelotti’s resignation letter. But tonight isn’t about Real Madrid, it’s about Juventus. They struggled in the first half and they could have been out of it by half-time, but they were outstanding in the second half. Their defence was superb. Buffon. Can he really be 37? Vidal, Pogba and Marchisio were tireless, Tevez a totem of strength in attack. And, oh, what an ironic matchwinner. Alvaro Morata has knocked his old club out. Remember Fernando Morientes. Real never learn, do they? Ah well. Congratulations, Juventus. Lionel Messi is waiting for you in Berlin. Thanks for reading and emailing. Night!

FULL-TIME! Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (Juventus win 3-2 on aggregate)

It’s over! Juventus will play Barcelona in the Champions League final!