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Champions League Final: Juventus v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have joined Juventus in the final of the Champions League after disposing of city rivals Atletico thanks to a 4-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.

Atletico threatened to provide a stunning comeback with two early goals but Isco’s strike just before half-time left the hosts with too much to do as Zinedine Zidane’s side went through to contest their third final in four seasons.

Italian champions Juventus reached the final on Tuesday night with a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win over this season’s surprise package Monaco.

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Previous Meetings
The final in Cardiff will be a 19th meeting for Juventus and Real Madrid – all in the European Cup – and with eight wins apiece, there is nothing to separate the two teams.

Some of the most memorable meetings between these two giant clubs:

1961/62 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 0-1 Juventus
Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus (replay in Paris)

The opening instalment in what would become one of Europe’s most even rivalries, needed appropriately a third game to separate the teams. Having had their five-year grip on the European Cup broken the previous season, Madrid won in Turin through Alfredo Di Stéfano’s late strike as they sought to regain the crown – only for Omar Sívori’s goal in Spain to force a Paris replay. There Felo put the five-time champions in front within 60 seconds, and while Sívori replied again before-half-time, second-half efforts from Luis del Sol and Justo Tejada finally took Madrid through.

1986/87 European Champion Clubs’ Cup second round
Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 1-0 Real Madrid (aet; Real Madrid win 3-1 on penalties)

Twenty-five years later, Emilio Butragueño gave Madrid the upper hand with the only goal of the Santiago Bernabéu first leg, but once more Juve responded in Turin thanks to Angelo Cabrini’s ninth-minute reply. Unlike their first meeting, there were no replays so penalties settled the tie; both teams missed their first attempts but whereas Madrid converted their next three, Lionello Manfredonia and Luciano Favero were off target for Juve to end their side’s campaign.

1995/96 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 2-0 Real Madrid

This first tussle of the UEFA Champions League era brought a first Juve aggregate victory en route to their second European crown – again, however, they were beaten in Spain following Raúl González’s strike midway through the opening half. This time, though, they turned the tie round in Turin, Alessandro Del Piero and Michele Padovano scoring early in each half, with Madrid’s hopes effectively extinguished by Rafael Alkorta’s 72nd-minute red card. Juve also finished with ten men after Moreno Torricelli’s dismissal with 11 minutes left, but held on.

1997/98 UEFA Champions League final
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid
The teams’ most high-profile meeting to date came at the Amsterdam ArenA, where Predrag Mijatović got the only goal midway through the second period. The Madrid forward scrambled in from close range in the 66th minute to seal his side’s seventh European title, 32 years on from their sixth.

It’s a defeat that still riles up Juventus players and fans are still upset over Mijatovic’s goal:

“It would be great to face Real Madrid in the Final and take revenge for that historic Predrag Mijatovic robbery. His goal in 1998 was clearly offside said former Juventus striker Nicola Amoruso

2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus
Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid
Again Juve were in arrears after the Madrid first leg, where goals in either half from Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos had given the hosts the edge despite David Trezeguet’s riposte on the stroke of half-time. It was a different story in northern Italy, strikes by Trezeguet, Del Piero – both before the interval – and Pavel Nedvěd on 73 minutes rendering irrelevant a late effort from Juve old boy Zinédine Zidane. Nedvěd, however, picked up a late booking to rule him out of the final, lost on penalties to AC Milan.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus

In the semi-finals for the first time since their 2002/03 defeat of Madrid, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve eked out a first-leg advantage in Turin thanks to goals from Álvaro Morata – signed from Madrid the previous summer – and Carlos Tévez either side of a Ronaldo strike. Ronaldo levelled the tie from the spot 23 minutes into the Bernabéu return, only for Morata to score again 12 minutes after half-time to take Juve through at the expense of his former, and now current, employers.

Champions League Final Records
Juventus will be battling for their third Champions League (or European Cup) crown, having won the tournament in both 1985 and 1996, although it has been 21 years since their last triumph. However, the Italians have been beaten finalists on no fewer than six occasions (1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2015), which is more than any other side.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been to the final 14 times and won it 11 times (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014 and 2016) – more than any other club. They are also bidding to become the first side since the tournament was rebranded as the Champions League to successfully defend their title by winning the whole thing back to back.

Key battle BBC v BBC
When Juventus talk about defending, the word they use is “empathy.” Buffon and Juve’s own version of the “BBC” (for Bale, Benzema and Cristiano read Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini) have played together for almost seven years. They know exactly what the others are thinking. Still undefeated in the Champions League this term, Juve have been behind only once, and that was for 39 minutes at Sevilla. Real, on the other hand, have found themselves behind at home to Sporting, then away to Legia, not to mention both legs against Napoli, then Bayern at home and again away to Atletico.

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Getting to and around Cardiff

Cardiff is easy to get both internationally and from within the UK. A compact city, there are also plenty of options for getting around once you are there. You are advised to book your travel as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All the travel advice and information you need is available at www.cardiff2017.wales/fantravel. Keep up to date on travel via twitter @Cardiff17Travel and download the UCL Final Travel App here.

Where to stay

Cardiff offers accommodation for all tastes, including a number of options in the heart of the city. Alternatives include Newport to the north-east as well as more rural options to the north and west and England to the east. See useful links below.

Eating and drinking

Aside from ‘Chippy Lane’ (the locals’ name for Caroline Street in the city centre, which is dominated by fast-food outlets), Cardiff has something for everyone.

Traditional dishes such as cawl (a type of stew) and Welsh rarebit (a version of melted cheese on toast) are generally harder to find in the city centre; the locals are a cosmopolitan bunch who are as likely to be found eating Chinese, Indian or Italian. However, look out for local sausages, Welsh lamb or Welsh cakes. Local bitter is the most popular evening drink and is generally served in pints (568ml).

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  • dinho April 28, 2010, 5:09 am

    inter milan to win barcelona 😀

  • tareq (kalapur) April 28, 2010, 2:40 am

    i like mesi mesi mesi……………………………………………………this world cup football….2010…….will win ARGENTINA…..

  • Karl April 27, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Messi could be the best at this moment, because there are no real players that he can compete with.
    He should be when the Master (Zinedine Zidan) use to be at the fields, and pretty sure he will stay with his mouth either open of foolness or with his mouth shut because he will not have nothing to show.
    Who is the beter of goalkeeprs of all times, there was no goalkeeper for the Master he had beten all best goalkeepers, has Messi done that, well will see if he is good as much think on the world cup, Which I am pretty sure they will not get to FINALS…..

  • Gabriel Nungolo April 27, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Well it is strong game which myself i call it a final before the final…. But realy can not say who will win because before teams are performing well and with the advantage that Inter has already,,,,, realy is something else but let wait and see the ball will decid…

  • chebsolo April 20, 2010, 1:37 pm

    WINNERS AND WINNERS 4 EVA…. NOTHING WILL EVER STOP BARCELONA…. INTER, I LOVE YOU BUT BARCELONA IS BEST. THE WORLD CAN TESTIFY THAT…..

  • cornelius April 20, 2010, 7:21 am

    i belief to beat inter is to take control of the mid-field and feed the attachers even from the wings to enable my messi do his finishing job perfectly. i see inter as a no threat to us at all, with lionel whom i always reffer to as cornel, victory over vinter is what we will deffinately do. LONG LIVE BARCA.

  • Philip April 20, 2010, 3:48 am

    Barcelona will be lucky if they score tonight. Inter will not only beat them but they will totally outclass them at the San Siro! Forza Inter!!

  • angel of mathematics April 20, 2010, 2:28 am

    Todays match is going to be a disgrace to inter. The fact is barca is full of experience players. Inter fans forget about this season, next season shall be a nice one. Up Barca

  • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    barcelona for sure…………i strongly recommend the team to over take inter as they are more strong than the opposite team…

  • sagni April 18, 2010, 10:53 am

    barca will win the champion not only win semi final inter. inter is nothing .but, barca for all.

  • cot April 18, 2010, 7:48 am

    inter siap berenkbenk’z barca

  • gtyhyh April 15, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Barcelona have beaten Inter and will again. Barca for champs!!!!!

  • Solari Danny Amamoo April 13, 2010, 9:29 am

    INTER INTERNATIONALE ALL THE WAY AND NO ONE STOP US UNTIL OUR BONES ARE ROTTEN

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:32 am

      bra……i believe that your thinking is completely wrong….imagine on how will those unskilled defenders tuckle the magision messi

  • Solari April 13, 2010, 9:27 am

    Intermilan all the way and i know we are going to beat Barcelona and also win the champions league this year

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:36 am

      huuuuh……better think back brother…………………

  • russel April 13, 2010, 5:09 am

    totally agree jack

  • jack April 13, 2010, 5:06 am

    well only to stop barca is not by defensive it just by attacking and push them in defense by that only you can win inter defending 90 minuts to barca is sure that you are loosing this game so just attack them. if u don’t conceed a goal in first half then there is almost a chance to win the game. so best of luck to inter milan.barca its time to good bye for champions league

  • DiRrtyDog April 9, 2010, 1:57 pm

    The Champions League winner, will be either Inter Milan or Barcelona. It is sad that they already meet in the semi-finals, because a final on a neutral ground between those teams would be AMAZING. One of the best defensive teams against maybe the strongest offensive team in Europe, for the time being.

    I don’t think Lyon or Bayern will be capable of winning against either of those teams. The reason why I think they won’t be winning, is simply, that they haven’t been convincing enough.

    Bayern were lucky to beat Fiorentina by an offside goal and advance to the quarterfinals, and even though they impressed me by beating united with 2 amazing comebacks, there were still alot of holes in their defensive line. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Barca’s offensive (Messi, Pedro, Iniesta etc.) with that poor defensive play. And Inter would win 1-0 if they were to meet Bayern in the Finals.

    Lyon is a bit of a joker in my opinion, but I think they need that last bit, to be a threat against Barca or Inter (or even Bayern for that matter) I saw the second leg against Bordeaux, and they were seriously outplayed by them, and the only reason why they did advance, was because of outstanding goalkeeping. And I don’t think the goalkeeper will save them against barca, but against Inter, well maybe they’ll have a small chance (but really I don’t think that as a possibilty)

    Well that’s just my bet on the Chl Winners 2010 🙂 And I will eat all of those words again if I’m wrong. (and sorry for spelling or grammar problems, I’m not English)

    Have a nice Weekend

    • David Wilson April 9, 2010, 5:22 pm

      Totally agree with your comments. Bayern might be the weakest team to reach the CL semi-finals in years.

      As for Inter v Barca it promises to be a great series. Arsenal showed that you cannot give Barca time and space to make all their little passes. You have to be stronger and physical as Chelsea were last season, and that describes Inter.

  • micheal April 7, 2010, 11:00 am

    it seems every body want to get to the top of this game but i tell u the only term dat has make it to d final is barca.

  • Red Devils April 7, 2010, 3:59 am

    Man United can win tonight match.. i know they can. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!! miracles could happen

  • Philip April 7, 2010, 2:40 am

    Messi is no doubt the best player in the world at the moment . Last night’s 4-1 win over Arsenal confirmed what we already knew. This time however, against Inter they stand no chance. Inter will reach the final!!

  • Abdulah March 25, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Arsenal will have a tuff game against barcelona i know that we are going to win home but away will be really tuff but we will se what happens (inshallah)

  • gunners March 25, 2010, 11:26 am

    arsenal will upset barca and prove all of you wrong…just wait and see

    • Alen April 20, 2010, 7:12 am

      spoke to soon there…

    • Rooney10_PAKI April 23, 2010, 1:14 pm

      u can’t beat man utd,how will u beat barca

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:20 pm

    The is no other team that will stop barca from winning champions league

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Barc has been and I will be best team for the next decade!

  • zakari harouna barmou March 22, 2010, 8:16 pm

    barcelona is the king of football.

    • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:16 pm

      They have the talent in world of footbal to beat arsenal, most importantly I would them go all the way to the final and thrash man united. I want Barca to prove the world that they are the best team in the world and to man united.

  • nebeolisa March 22, 2010, 4:06 am

    wenger barca has all it takes to win the match,but if arsenal struggles hard they can make it.

  • Fernando August 19, 2009, 11:07 am

    There can be no cheating in Champions league. There must be
    transparency. Starting with the referees. Unspeakable
    was the performance of the Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai in Lisbon
    18Aug2009 giving the same disciplinary value to a aggression (yellow card), 2 fouls with a view to preventing gaming and goal (without punishment), and take the shirt off to celebrate a goal ( second yellow card). Unbelievable.
    Impaired? Sporting Club de Portugal.

  • rooney August 8, 2009, 7:02 am

    man u champions again,you wait maha,see the youth and our striking force go mad.man u v barca final…arsenal dont have a final in them unless its there youth in carling cup in there lucky.rooney player of the year/world

    • leonard March 24, 2010, 12:26 pm

      Rooynen, is the best strike in barclays…wait to see the best strikes when they meet best team in the world

  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:56 am

    I DONT THINK MAN U CAN STILL QUALIFY BUT LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:53 am

    BARCELONA VS ARSENAL FOR FINAL.

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