23.10.2013 12:38 - in: Champions League S

    Previous encounters at the Bernabeu

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    The balance of the past meetings between Real Madrid and Juventus at Los Blancos’ home ground is in their favour, but Juve have enjoyed two famous triumphs

    With four wins for Real Madrid, two for Juventus and no draws as of yet at the Bernabeu, the meetings between the two sides at the famous stadium have never lacked excitement. 

    The history of the clash on Spanish soil began in 1962. Bianconeri forward Omar Sivori grabbed the decisive goal in the second leg of the Champions’ Cup quarter-final on 21 February, matching the strike scored in the first leg by Alfredo di Stefano, his great Argentine rival at the time.

    It was a goal that meant the two sides would play a decider in Paris, because in those days there were no other solutions in place if the two sides were level at the end of the tie.

    The next time the two teams lined up against each other in Madrid was on 2 October 1986 to contest the first leg of the Champions’ Cup last-16.

    Los Merengues emerged winners thanks to Emilio Butragueno’s 20th minute strike after a Juve equaliser from Lionello Manfredonia was ruled out by the referee.

    And the result was exactly the same 10 years later, when ex-Bianconeri man Michael Laudrup was pitted against Marcello Lippi’s side in the quarter-final first-leg of the edition of the Champions League that Juve would go on to win that year.

    The Danish legend turned out to be the decisive man, laying a pass on a plate for a young Raul to tuck it home past Angelo Peruzzi with 21 minutes played.

    The involvement of another former Juventus player, Zinedine Zidane, was perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the match-up between the two sides in May 2003.

    With a place in the final at Old Trafford up for grabs, Los Blancos won the home leg 2-1 (although it would later turn out to be in vain as Lippi’s men progressed with a 3-1 victory in the second part of the tie).

    All the goalscorers in that game have left their mark on Serie A in one way or another: ex-Inter and Milan striker Ronaldo and former Nerazzurri man Roberto Carlos netted for Real, while Juventus legend David Trezeguet was on the scoresheet for the Bianconeri.  

    It was the same story in 2005, when Real Madrid once again won at home by a narrow margin and were then eliminated in the return leg.

    Ivan Helguera scored the decisive goal at the Bernabeu, but saw his side crash out for the third consecutive time in the second leg of the last-16 when they were undone by Juve in Turin.

    The most recent meeting in Madrid was an unforgettable one. Just like Wednesday’s fixture, it was in the midst of the group stages that the Bianconeri travelled to the Bernabeu on 5 November 2008.

    On one of the most famous European nights in Juventus history, Alessandro Del Piero inspired a legendary 2-0 away win, lighting up the famous arena with a performance that saw him receive a standing ovation from the home crowd.

    Juve’s all-time top scorer netted both goals that day, curling a shot past Iker Casillas from the edge of the area before firing a free kick into the same corner, leaving the Spanish international goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

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