Alvaro Morata earns Juventus a place in Champions League final

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On Wednesday night Juventus overcame Real Madrid to secure their place in the Champions League final next month. This will be their first appearance in the final since 2003 when they lost to an AC Milan team managed by now Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti. The result leaves Carlo Ancelotti's future in uncertainty with Real unlikely to finish the season without any silverware.

Madrid took the lead through a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after 23 minutes. Experienced centre back Giorgio Chiellini brought down James Rodriguez in the area and Ronaldo made no mistakes from the spot.

This goal moved the Madrid man up to joint second in Real Madrid's all time goal scoring list. The Spanish side had chances to increase their lead with chances falling to both Ronaldo who hit the side netting and Gareth Bale. The Welshman had a shot dragged wide from a Marcelo cross and missed with a close range header in the closing stages of the second half.

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Juventus made the Spanish side pay for their missed chances when they scored the equaliser when Madrid failed to clear a Andre Pirlo free kick.

The ball was headed on by Pogba and the rebound fell to Morata who converted from close range. The former Madrid man, as he did in the first leg, chose not to celebrate the goal out of respect for his old club. This was enough to secure the Italian's place in the final as they held on until the final whistle.

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A product of the Madrid youth system, Morata worked his way up the ranks but failed to hold down a consistent place in the Real first team. He made a total of 83 appearances scoring 45 goals for the Madird Castilla (Reserve team) and a total of 52 appearances for the first team, scoring 11 goals.

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After being unable to hold down a first team place in the side with Madrid's main striker being Karim Benzema, he got his move last year for the 14/15 season to Juventus. In one season he has nearly made as many appearances for Juventus (43) as he did in his whole first team career at Madrid (52) and has returned 13 goals for the club.

From a former Madrid man to a current one and Gareth Bale, who was heavily criticised in the first leg, didn't have the best of games in the second.


He has even admitted himself that this season has not been his best and that he needs to work on his finishing for next season. After the money spent on him a lot of pressure was put on the young Welshman to perform at the top level and complete the Madrid forward line without Di Maria. He is still developing and I think he will start to progress more next season - whether this be under the guidance of Ancelotti or a new manager remains to be seen however.

Many fans will be disappointed as there was the very exciting prospect of a "El Classico" final but this will not be the case. Juventus have surprised many and have been a dark horse throughout the contest this could be their opportunity to establish themselves again as a true European heavyweight team and potentially bring future success to the Italian side.

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