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Juventus take narrow lead to Real Madrid after 2-1 win

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Juventus will take a narrow one goal lead into their semi-final second leg away to Real Madrid after a 2-1 victory in Turin earlier this week.

The home side took an early lead through former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata. Morata chose not to celebrate the goal, which many would argue against as he never really had the opportunities to perform when he was at Real. The goal came from good work from Tevez, who broke into the box, saw his effort palmed away by Iker Casillas and land at the feet of Morata for an easy tap in.

High work rate

Juventus had a high intensity to their play and Real were struggling to deal with their work rate. The home side dominated for the opening half hour and most of the game. However Real were equal on 27 minutes through Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward scored his 76th Champions League goal after good work out wide by Isco and James Rodriguez.

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The Spanish side could have been ahead but James' header hit the bar from close range after he again linked up well with Isco.

Restoring the lead

The home side took advantage of this miss in the second half when they broke from a Real Madrid corner. Carlos Tevez broke free and got the wrong side of Carvajal and was brought down and awarded a penalty. The Argentinian was up on his feet quickly and ready to take the kick himself and he successfully despatched the penalty past Casillas.

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Backlash

After the game there was a lot of comments being made about Gareth Bale's performance, with the Welshman under-performing in a big games for his side. Things just weren't really flowing in this game for Bale, with cross-field passes not reaching their targets, dribbling attempts failing and a general lack of success against a stubborn Italian defence.

It will be interesting to see whether the Italians go defensive in the away tie or whether they try to kill the game with an away goal.

It will only take 1-0 win for Madrid to go through so Juventus need to be wary of this after conceding an away goal in the first leg. Real on the other hand need to get the balance right between not conceding an away goal but still being attacking enough to push for a win at home.

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