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AFTER LAST WEEK’S first leg, the Serie A champions went to Spain with a fragile 2-1 lead. This is how it unfolded.  

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I hope you’ve all had your dinner and you’ve got your feet up with a cup of tea. This should be fun.

Here are the teams:

Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, James Rodriguez; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. 

Subs: Navas, Pepe, Coentrao, Arbeloa, Illarramendi, Jese, Hernandez.

Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal; Tevez, Morata.

Subs: Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Pereyra, Sturaro, Coman, Llorente.

How do you see this one playing out?

Jamie Carragher is on Sky talking about a goal he scored against Buffon when they were 16. He looks suitably embarrassed by the prompting from Jeff Stelling in fairness.

Champions  League music!

And we’re off.

2Mins

The first effort at goal comes from the much-maligned Gareth Bale. Marcelo drove forward and crossed for the Welshman to head but he couldn’t keep it down.

6Mins

Another chance for the hosts. Carbajal plays in a nice ball for Benzema. The Frnehc striker’s first touch is good but he blazes the second way over.

10Mins

Ronaldo free-kick coming up. Everyone knows the drill…

11Mins

Over the bar! Just. Someone got a touch on the way through so it’s a Madrid corner.

14Mins

Casillas is made to stretch and dive for the first time this evening. Vidal picked up the ball on the edge of the box and, as is his wont, had a pop. The Spain skipper got down to beat it away however.

19Mins

The weather was scorchio today in Madrid we’re told and this was the sccene as the fans made their way to the stadium. You cannot beat European Cup football in May.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Juventus - Santiago Bernabeu Source: EMPICS Sport

As I type, Real are really knocking on the door. Isco’s turned and shot wide from the 18-yard line or thereabouts and Giorgio Chiellini has had to be alert to some goalmouth danger.

There’s a goal here.

22Mins

Penalty for Madrid!

James is bundled over by Chiellini. It looked soft from here.

27Mins

This is how the deadlock was broken.

Source: Eric G/Vine

He could well have had another moments ago. Real broke and he got around the outside by sprinting half the pitch. He sold the defender a dummy and should have shot across Buffon but instead tried — unsuccessfully — to square it.

31Mins

That’s better from Juve. They get down the pitch for the first time in what seems like ages as Tevez beats a couple of Real players. He’s ultimately bundled over by Isco and the pressure’s relieved.

38Mins

The game’s calmed down a little with Juve getting on the ball for  a sustained period of time.

44Mins

James earned the penalty earlier but he’s been booked for looking for a second one.

Juve were forced into a mistake in the right back position and the Colombian playmaker found himself steaming into the box.

He went down handily and the likes of Pirlo et al were quick to surround the Swedish referee. He wasn’t buying it and took Rodriguez’s name.

45Mins

Peep peep! Half time and Real are in the driving seat. What did you make of that then?

Bit of a debate in the RTÉ studio – Sadlier reckons the ref was spot on with the penalty decision whereas Dunphy reckons it was ‘soft’.

45Mins

The Juve players are out on the pitch but Real Madrid are keeping them waiting.

Ronaldo is changing his boots we’re told. Maybe he’s putting on his make-up adds Liam Brady to an audible giggle. Never change, Chippy .

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47Mins

We’re up and running in the second half. Let’s see what this Juventus side are made of then.

45Mins

Ooof! Marchisio just drilled a strike a little wide of the post. It might take one of those or a Pirlo set piece to get Juve back into this.

54Mins

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Juventus - Santiago Bernabeu Source: EMPICS Sport

Paul Pogba’s emergence as a rela player in the Serie A has been hard for united fans to watch but they won’t be too bothered tonight. The Frenchman isn’t playing well.

As I type, Juve could have capitalised on a bad REal mistake. Casillas made a hames of a throw out, Varane was closed down and they looked to be in but Morata was ruled offside.

58Mins

The Madrid native Morata breaks the deadlock for the Serie heavyweights. Pogba nodded down and the Spanish striker did really well to get his knee over the ball and strike it home. 3-2 to Juve on aggregate now.

64Mins

Gareth Bale, mate.

The Welsh winger should have scored there and set us up for extra time. Marcelo got around the outside again and clipped on square. Bale volleyed goalward but it went behind and wide.

68Mins

Carlo Ancelotti’s starting to make a few moves. Benzema’s off and Chicharito is pegging it on. 

64Mins

James Rodriguez whistles a left-footer inches over the bar and moments later Bale snaps at a shot that drags wide. It’s set up for him to be the hero or more probably, the villain of the piece.

69Mins

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Juventus - Santiago Bernabeu Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon celebrates Alvaro Morata scoring their first goal of the game. Source: EMPICS Sport

72Mins

Another chance for Bale! He’s got to score that shrugs Ronnie Whelan in the gantry.

Ronaldo was left throwing his arms in the year in frustration once again. He got to the end line and chipped a good ball under the bar for Bale to attack. Evra looked to be in trouble but he did enough to put off the Welsh international and he headed over once again.

74Mins

Juve are shutting up shop. Pirlo’s trotted off and Barzagli’s on to add to the defensive ranks.

80Mins

Gareth Bale’s had yet another pop at goal. He cut inside form the wing and unleashed a powerful drive that whizzed wide. Again.

85Mins

We’re into garbage time and Real need a goal — if I can restate the obvious — the bring this to extra time. The white hankies will be out if they don’t and Carlo Ancelotti might as well book his Ryanair to Milan.

90Mins

Foul throw from Casillas of all people and Juve get the ball. Ridiculous carry on.

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That’s it! The champions are dumped out on their home turf by a resolute Juventus side.

90Mins

What did you make of that then? Happy to avoid an El Clasico in Europe’s blue riband game or what?

It’s Italy v Spain for the first time since 1998 when Juve and Real met in Amsterdam.

90Mins

I’m not the first to say it tonight, but Gareth Bale would be better off getting a Hailo home. His car is gonna be pelted.

Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Semi Final - Second Leg - Real Madrid v Juventus - Santiago Bernabeu Source: EMPICS Sport

So that’s your lot from tonight’s minute-by-minute.

This defeat feels like the end of a mini era for Real however and there’ll be plenty of reaction and analysis from Madrid. Onwards to 6 June for Barca and Juve.

Wir fahren nach Berlin as they said in 2006. Which Pirlo, Buffon and co will remember well.

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