Marcelo Zalayeta's goal four minutes from
the end of extra time enabled Juventus FC to defeat Real Madrid CF 2-0
on the night and 2-1 on aggregate and ensured there will be no Spanish
involvement in the draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions
After second-half substitute David Trezeguet wiped out Madrid's
first-leg advantage, the match appeared to be heading towards the first
shoot-out since the 2003 final - which Juve lost - and the first-ever in
the knockout rounds. However, Juve called on all their knowledge and
passion from years of European adventures to keep their nerve and win
the tie through Zalayeta minutes after Ronaldo and Alessio Tacchinardi
were shown direct red cards for an off-the-ball exchange.
As expected, Fabio Capello chose not risk Pavel Nedved whose concussion
from the first game had meant exclusion from training until two days ago.
The sides were otherwise as expected, both in personnel and formations.
And Juve's choice to play with three strikers, Alessandro Del Piero
alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcelo Zalayeta, not only indicated
the need to get back into tie but also Capello's belief that Madrid were
vulnerable under pressure.
Indeed, Juve started the match in whirlwind style with Ibrahimovic
creating havoc in the Madrid penalty box within the first three minutes
and almost scoring in the sixth. The Swede drifted in behind Roberto
Carlos and Walter Samuel and latched on to a lofted pass from Zalayeta
before drilling a shot into the chest of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Ronaldo sent Madrid's first chance over the bar in the eleventh minute
before Mauro Camoranesi fizzed an effort wide from a similar position in
Del Piero then went close to his 37th Champions League goal in black and
white as he unleashed a shot which appeared to bounce awkwardly in front
of Casillas and the ball deflecting off the Spain No1 for a corner. The
half was typified by two exceptional moments of defending: Iván Helguera
denying Ibrahimovic and Fabio Cannavaro getting his head to a David
Beckham cross to frustrate Ronaldo.
Madrid's best chance of the first half came in the 40th minute when Raúl
Bravo's header found the feet of Luís Figo who in turn curled a pass to
Ronaldo. The Brazilian burst forward and cut inside Lilian Thuram before
bending a shot just a few centimetres past Gianluca Buffon's right-hand
post. As the second half burst into life, it was Ronaldo again who
looked the likely first scorer, forcing Buffon to touch his shot on to a
post and behind after outstripping Cannavaro.
Trezeguet, recovered from flu, came on for Del Piero in the 57th minute
and soon galvanised the Bianconeri; although Camoranesi, Gianluca
Pessotto and Ibrahimovic all missed the target with Casillas exposed.
With the home side 15 minutes from elimination, Camoranesi sent in a
deep cross from the right which Ibrahimovic rose to head back into the
path of Trezeguet who was able to swivel and volley the ball over his
head and not even Casillas's lightning reactions could prevent the ball
from bulging the net.
Flurry of chances
The match ended in a flurry of chances, with Ronaldo seeing a goal
chalked off for offside and Roberto Carlos bringing an awkward save from
Buffon with a trademark swerving free-kick from range. Extra time was no
duller with an overhead Zalayeta effort narrowly avoiding the post in
the first half, and Ronaldo and Tacchinardi earning the wrath of referee
Markus Merk in the second. Zalayeta, though, provided a more fitting
conclusion as he drilled in a low shot in the 116th minute to end
Madrid's hopes for the second time in three years.