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I FEEL LIKE DIRTY RATA; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE HOLDERS ARE STUNNED AT BERNABEU Juve's goal hero Alvaro left gutted as he sinks his former club Real Madrid..1 JUVENTUS..1 JUVE WIN 3-2 ON AGGREGATE.

ALVARO MORATA put former club Real Madrid to the sword as Juventus secured their place in the Champions League Final against Barcelona.

Madrid, the holders of the European Cup, dominated the match but only had Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half penalty to show for it as Gareth Bale - among others - missed a string of chances.

It was not enough after Morata fired in an equaliser, largely against the run of play, just before the hour mark to make it 1-1 on the night, and 3-2 to Juve on aggregate.

And Morata - a former Real academy graduate - admitted his decisive strike didn't fill him with any great pleasure.

He said: "I didn't celebrate the goal, I was never going to.

"It was a bittersweet and strange sensation for me. These two games have been difficult for me. I want to thank the Madrid fans, I wish I had scored against another team.

"My former team-mates want us to win and they wished me the best.

"Just like in Turin, it was hard for me at times tonight but I had to focus my head. That's what football is like."

The tone was set for an evening of Madrid attacks just 35 seconds in when Marcelo's deep cross picked out Bale only for the Welshman to head over.

Karim Benzema used brilliant skill to turn away from Leonardo Bonucci only to then blaze over before Ronaldo's free-kick was deflected on to the roof of the net.

Madrid were eventually rewarded in 22 minutes when Giorgio Chiellini's clumsy challenge on James Rodriguez earned the home side a penalty. Portuguese star Ronaldo converted with ease - his 78th goal in the competition - and there was no let up as Madrid pushed forward again.

Ronaldo cut back in the area and appeared to give himself an easy shot to score, but chose to cross for Benzema and saw the ball cleared.

When Bale launched a swift counterattack Ronaldo fired a powerful shot into the side-netting and Benzema then brought a fine save out of Gianluigi Buffon with a close-range effort before the first half ended with a booking for Rodriguez as he took an exaggerated tumble in the area.

Little appeared to have changed after the break as Marcelo sent a bobbling shot wide but Juve gradually began to build a head of steam.

At first there appeared little genuine threat as an offside flag frustrated Morata but they were edging forward and the complexion of the night changed dramatically in 57 minutes after Sergio Ramos fouled Arturo Vidal on the wing.

Iker Casillas punched the free-kick clear but it was pumped straight back in and Paul Pogba headed it down for Morata to control and fire home.

The former Madrid man - who also netted in the 2-1 victory in Turin - again did not celebrate but his team-mates certainly did with the odds back in their favour.

Bale was inches away from the perfect response as he did his best to hook in Marcelo's cross after a neat move but Juve had their tales up now and came forward again.

Claudio Marchisio's cross was just beyond Morata's reach and then they had the perfect chance to kill off Madrid in the 69th minute when Vidal slipped the ball through to Marchisio.

He had the whole goal to shoot at but failed to disguise his intentions and Casillas made a huge save.

Madrid took heart but Bale's powerful shot from the edge of the area flashed wide and he then headed Marcelo's cross over from point-blank range.

The Welshman's boo-boys in the Bernabeu stands quickly re-emerged but he did not shrink away, flashing a long-range shot narrowly wide in the 84th minute.

Pogba missed the chance to kill it off in 88 minutes when the ball came back to him on the penalty spot only for Casillas to palm it clear but Juve were able to see out four minutes of stoppage time and book their ticket to Berlin.

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos admitted Real Madrid had blown a great chance to take on Barca in the German capital next month. He said: "Juventus deserve to be in the final while we missed our chance.

"After the first goal it seemed like the tie was won but that wasn't the case at all.

"That's football. You have to accept the defeats as well as the victories and this should serve as a means of helping us improve."

Real now face the prospect of ending the season without winning anything with Barcelona poised to seal the La Liga title.

And deflated Bernabeu boss Carlo Ancelotti knows he now faces the sack. The Italian manager said: "I don't know if I'll be here next season. We have 15 days left and two games, after that I will speak with the club.

"We lost the game in the first leg.

Tonight we played at our best. We were unlucky as we had lots of opportunities. Gareth Bale played very well. He worked hard, as did the team. We all did our best but it wasn't to be."

Attention now shifts to the final between Barcelona and Juventus in Berlin on June 6. Juventus haven't won the trophy since 1996 and Zebras captain Buffon said: "We're not going to Berlin just to make up the numbers. This is a massive opportunity for the club."

It is sure to be a tasty clash as it will see Juve star Chiellini square up to Luis Suarez for the first time since the Uruguayan sank his teeth into the Italian defender's shoulder at last summer's World Cup.

Suarez will also come up another old foe in the shape of Juve left-back Patrice Evra.

The former Liverpool star copped an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Evra in 2011.


REAL HOPE Ronaldo celebrates his penalty

ITALIAN MOB Alvaro Morata is swamped by his jubilant Juventus team-mates after his equaliser, top, cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's opener from the spot, above
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Date:May 14, 2015
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