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      04.11.2013 14:17 - in: Champions League S

      UCL clean sweep against Real in Turin

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      The Bianconeri have triumphed every time they have hosted Los Blancos in the new-format Champions League

      The first time Juventus welcomed Real Madrid to Turin in the new-format Champions League was in the quarter-final of the 1995/96 competition, and the victory they achieved on 20 March would go on to become the first in a winning streak on home soil that dates right up until the present.

      An Alessandro Del Piero free-kick that snuck through the wall and a low Michele Padovano finish into the corner consigned Los Blancos to a 2-0 defeat at the Stadio delle Alpi on the way to the Bianconeri lifting the title that year.

      Real were Juve’s opponents again in the semi-finals of the 2002/03 competition that Marcello Lippi’s men would go on to finish runners-up in after succumbing in the penalty shoot-out to Milan at Old Trafford.

      The Bianconeri turned around a 2-1 away reverse in the first leg to qualify for the final in style with a 3-1 win in the second that has gone down in history as “la partita perfetta” (the perfect game).

      Del Piero knocked a Pavel Nedved cross back towards David Trezeguet, and the legendary striker volleyed it past Iker Casillas from point-blank range to start things off.

      And provider then turned goalscorer as Del Piero controlled a high long-ball with the most delicate of touches and, after dazzling his marker Fernando Hierro with two drops of the shoulder, fired past the Spanish goalkeeper at the near post.

      Gigi Buffon managed to fare better than his counterpart in the other goal when he saved to his right from Luis Figo’s penalty, and Nedved crowned a brilliant victory by latching on to a through ball over the top and volleying it home. Ex-Juve hero Zinedine Zidane scored a late consolation but it did nothing to dampen the celebrations. 

      Juventus came up against Real again in the last-16 of the 2004/05 competition, and having narrowly lost 1-0 at the Bernabeu the fortnight before, a 75th minute overhead-kick  in Turin from Trezeguet - now a specialist in Juve v Real fixtures after also scoring back in 2003 - meant that the tie was all square. 

      It remained level at the end of normal time, but with just four minutes to go until a penalty shoot-out, up stepped Marcelo Zalayeta to drive into the corner from just outside the box and send Bianconeri players and fans alike wild.

      Real Madrid’s most recent visit to Turin was during the 2008/09 group stage, a night when they were forced to return empty handed after the Bianconeri emerged 2-1 winners.

      Juve went ahead through a curling Del Piero effort that flew into the top corner past Casillas from all of 35 yards, and Amauri, provider of the assist for the club’s all-time top goalscorer earlier on, made it two with a clinical header after Nedved’s cross found him at the back post.

      Those two strikes were enough to secure victory since Real could only manage a solitary reply through Ruud Van Nistelrooy, giving the home crowd at the Stadio Olimpico a night to remember.

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