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Champions League: Reigning champions bite the dust as Juventus set up final date with Barca

Juventus played out a 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, thus winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate and marching to the final of the competition for the first time since 2003.

The hosts got the lead in the 23rd minute when Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot to raise the hopes of his side, following Giorgio Chiellini’s challenge on James Rodriguez. However, it was Real old boy Alvaro Morata who ended the hopes of a second successive European title for his former side with a firm effort from 10 yards, following a well-directed header by Paul Pogba, in the 57th minute. Casillas got both hands to the ball, but such was the pace of Morata's effort, that he could only deflect it into his own net.



Champions League: Barca reach final at Bayern expense despite Munich defeat

La Liga giants Barcelona reached the finals of the Champions League, despite a 3-2 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last night, courtesy of a 5-3 aggregate scoreline.

The Bavarians got the lead through a Mehdi Benatia header in the 7th minute itself. However, Brazilian star Neymar scored twice in the 15th and 29th minutes to give the Catalans the lead, with 2 crucial away goals.



Messi on form as Barcelona hammer Bayern Munich

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Barcelona have taken a giant step towards making the Champions League final this season by hammering Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final encounter at the Camp Nou.

After a frenetic first 15 minutes that resembled a basketball game more than a football match in terms of the open style of play, Bayern managed to head into the break at level pegging with neither side able to break the deadlock, despite Barca creating some terrific opportunities.

Manuel Neuer continued to be busy at the start of the second half, keeping out a stinging effort from Lionel Messi before storming off his line to play sweeper-keeper as Bayern continued to keep their back four high up the pitch, giving Barcelona an opportunity to get behind them.


Juventus carry narrow lead to the Bernabeu

A Carlos Tevez penalty earned just before the hour mark means that Juventus will take a narrow one goal lead with them to the Santiago Bernabeu after the Old Lady of Turin sneaked away with a 2-1 win at the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.

In what was a very even contest, Real Madrid had a bit more of the ball than their Italian opponents, but it was Juventus who tested Real skipper and keeper Iker Casillas on more occasions, getting 7 attempts on target.


Champions League Semi-final Draw: Barcelona get Bayern, Juventus land Real Madrid

The UEFA Champions League semi-finals have a bit of an old school look about them this season with four of Europe's traditional powerhouses colliding in what should be a couple of epic contests.

Reigning champions Real Madrid have drawn Juventus in the semi-finals, while Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich will take on another team he built virtually from scratch, FC Barcelona. Interestingly, it will also be a bit of a home coming for Real's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was Juventus' head coach from 1999-2001.


Chicharito breaks Atletico hearts, winning it late on for Real Madrid

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Defending champions Real Madrid reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the fifth successive year beating their city rivals Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the second leg of their quarterfinal clash at Santiago Bernabeu after the first leg at the Vicente Calderon had finished goalless.

Javier Hernandez, on loan from Manchester United, scored the only goal of the game, three minutes from the end of regulation time, to settle the tie that for long periods appeared destined for extra-time.


Cristiano Ronaldo runs riot as Real devastate Granada in La Liga

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 24th La Liga hattrick inside the space of just 8 minutes, and scored his first five-goal haul, as Los Blancos romped relegation-threatened Granada 9-1 in their La Liga encounter at Santiago Bernabeu today.

The hosts went ahead in the 25th minute through a Gareth Bale goal, with the Welshman doing well to tackle the keeper before nudging the ball inside the net. And after that, Ronaldo dominated to score thrice in the 30th, 36th and 38th minutes to take the game away from the visitors. The hattrick was Ronaldo’s 5th in La Liga this season, and took him level with rival Lionel Messi in terms of total hattricks in the Spanish league till date.



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