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Cristiano Ronaldo accused of raping American woman in 2009

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, claims the Portuguese football player raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to German media outlet Der Spiegel. The magazine say Ronaldo paid her $375,000 for her silence. The five-time World Player of the Year denies the allegations, insisting the sex was consensual. Mayorga's lawyer is now questioning the validity of an out-of-court settlement agreed in Nevada, in which Ronaldo reportedly paid $375,000 (€323,000) for her silence. Der Spiegel claim the lawyer's case is based on a document containing Ronaldo's account of what happened on 12th June 2009. In it, the 33-year old is quoted as saying "she said 'no' and 'stop' several times." Mayorga has now spoken publicly for the first time about her encounter with the Juventus forward, who was under contract at Real Madrid when the incident is supposed to have taken place, claiming to have been raped anally after spending an evening partying with Ronaldo while he was on holiday with his cousin and brother-in-law in Las Vegas. Mayorga also described events following the incident, describing how Ronaldo fell to his knees and told her he was "99 per cent" a "good guy" let down by the "one per cent". One of the most high-profile sports stars on the planet, the news is likely to achieve global media attention, with Ronaldo and his legal team yet to repsond publicly to the accusations.

Kathryn Mayorga, 34, claims the Portuguese football player raped her in a Las Vegas hotel room, according to German media outlet Der Spiegel. The magazine say Ronaldo paid her $375,000 for her silence. The five-time World Player of the Year denies the allegations, insisting the sex was consensual. Mayorga’s lawyer is now questioning the validity of an out-of-court settlement agreed ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo the favorite to win FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award

Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favorite to be named the world's top men's football player of 2017. The Portuguese superstar is the holder of the award, which was handed out for the first time in 2016. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, will be up against strong competition in the form of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Neymar, who became the world's most expensive player when Paris Saint-Germain spent €222 million ($260 million) last summer to trigger his release clause at Barca. However, the general consensus ahead of Monday evening's awards ceremony in London was that Ronaldo has the clear edge. Over the past year, the Portuguese superstar fired Real to glory in La Liga and scored 12 goals as they won the Champions League for a third time in four seasons. "In the end, Ronaldo is ahead of the others," former Italy and Roma star Francesco Totti told FIFA's website. "He had an amazing season and also accomplished all of his goals with the most prestigious of teams." World-class peers There's also an argument to be made for the 30-year-old Messi, who scored a total of 54 goals in all competitions last season, and helped Barcelona to a Copa del Rey title. The Argentina superstar is off to a great start to the current season, having scored 15 goals so far. He also earned his country a place at next year's World Cup with a hat trick against Ecuador. "We all know who is the player in the world," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. "The truth is, the handing out of a trophy isn't something that worries me too much." At 25, Brazilian star Neymar is the youngest of the three. He was part of the Barcelona side that lifted the Copa del Rey and helped Brazil become the first team aside from hosts Russia to qualify for next year's World Cup. Zidane the favorite to win coaching honor Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is expected to be named "The Best" men's coach for 2017 after becoming the first man to lead his team to a successful defense of the European Cup in the Champions League era. The former France star is up against Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri. "To be sincere, if they give it to me, I'll take it with pleasure," Zidane said. "But if the question is, 'Am I the best coach in the world?' No, and I'm sure of it." Neuer up for top goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Bayern Munich and Germany is one of the three candidates to the top goalkeeper of 2017. The 31-year-old is joined on the shortlist by veteran Italy and Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon, 39, and Real Madrid's Costa Rican shot stopper, Keylor Navas. The shortlist for the best women's player includes Venezuela's Deyna Castellanos, American star Carli Lloyd and Dutchwoman Lieke Martens. Fan award Borussia Dortmund's supporters, who won the inaugural award last season, have been nominated again as one of the three finalists for the ward in the fan category. They are up against the supporters of Celtic and FC Copenhagen. The awards were voted on by national team captains, national team coaches, selected members of the media and fans.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the clear favorite to be named the world’s top men’s football player of 2017. The Portuguese superstar is the holder of the award, which was handed out for the first time in 2016. Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, will be up against strong competition in the form of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Neymar, who became the ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo declines to speak to media after giving evidence

After defending the Champions League with Real Madrid last season, Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a summer holiday to see his preseason delayed due to a court hearing over tax fraud. Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court on Monday after state prosecutors accused the four-time World Footballer of the Year of siphoning millions of euros, earned from picture rights, past Spanish authorities between 2011 and 2014. A stage was set up and a throng of international media was waiting for the 32-year-old to speak having given his evidence, but Ronaldo headed straight home after 90 minutes in a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives. A spokesman for the agency representing Ronaldo stated that a press statement would be released. According to a reporter from Spain's second largest printed daily newspaper "El Mundo" who was inside the court, Ronaldo told the judge he had done nothing wrong and trusted his advisors. Ronaldo is accused of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates. Prosecutors allege Ronaldo voluntarily took "advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities". Ronaldo has consistently said his "conscience is clear", and was reportedly so upset that he threatened to leave Spain. Should Ronaldo admit to wrongdoing and pay 50 million euros in returned taxes, fines and interest, his sentence would likely be reduced. Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with 79 million euros earned in 2016-2017, according to Forbes. Ronaldo is not the only high profile football star to have been accused of tax fraud recently in Spain. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was sentenced in May to 21 months in jail, though local media reported a month later that he is unlikely to serve time behind bars. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho also is accused of defrauding Spanish authorities to the tune of 3.3 million euros during 2011 and 2012, while coach of Real Madrid.

After defending the Champions League with Real Madrid last season, Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a summer holiday to see his preseason delayed due to a court hearing over tax fraud. Football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court on Monday after state prosecutors accused the four-time World Footballer of the Year of siphoning millions of euros, earned from picture rights, past ... Read More »

Ronaldo, Mourinho named in offshore fees scandal – Spiegel

A German magazine alleges that footballer Cristiano Ronaldo used an offshore company to hide millions of euros in advertising rights fees. "Spiegel" also claims the Real Madrid star paid virtually no tax on the fees. In the first of several revelations likely to rock the football world, the German weekly alleged on Friday that until two years ago, Ronaldo used a so-called mailbox company to hide millions of dollars in earnings from advertising rights. "Spiegel" claimed the Portuguese international and Real Madrid striker benefited from a special arrangement with Spanish tax authorities, reducing his tax liability which expired in 2014. It cited data from the whistle-blowing website "Football Leaks" that claimed he sold rights to his brand identity until the the year 2020 to the mailbox companies shortly before the controversial tax arrangement ran out. The magazine said the proceeds, almost 75 million euros ($80 million), were then transferred to a private Swiss bank account, in time for the footballer to benefit from the tax advantage for the final time. The investigation said Ronaldo could have "avoided 31 million euros of taxes" in the deal. Ronaldo's agents did not reply to "Spiegel's" request for clarification before publication. But a law firm which represents the striker says Ronaldo was still undergoing a tax audit in Spain. "Spiegel's" claims are part of an investigation by a group of 12 European newspapers that promises further revelations into what it says is widespread alleged corruption in the football world over the next three weeks. Separate allegations were levied at Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, who the joint investigation said had "concealed 12 million euros in a Swiss account owned by a British Virgin Islands company." The deal was allegedly arranged by his agent Jorge Mendes. In response, Mendes's company Gestifute said on Friday that Ronaldo and Mourinho had "fully respected their obligations vis-a-vis the Spanish and British authorities". The company accused the media consortium of operating in an "insidious" way concerning the stars' tax obligations. "Spiegel" also reported that Arsenal and German national player Mesut Özil was forced to pay an extra two million euros to Spanish tax authorities over a financial arrangement between his agents, his former club Real Madrid and current London club. The Spanish tax bureau believed that Özil had benefited from the arrangement, the magazine alleged. Özil also faced a financial penalty of 789,963 euros, the magazine claimed, which it said was suspended.

A German magazine alleges that footballer Cristiano Ronaldo used an offshore company to hide millions of euros in advertising rights fees. “Spiegel” also claims the Real Madrid star paid virtually no tax on the fees. In the first of several revelations likely to rock the football world, the German weekly alleged on Friday that until two years ago, Ronaldo used ... Read More »

Champions League: Dortmund earn deserved point at home to holders Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to earn a deserved 2-2 Group F draw at home to European champions Real Madrid. Substitute Andre Schürrle smashed in the equalizer three minutes from time at Signal Iduna Park. After spending heavily over the summer, Dortmund had high hopes of continuing their winning run at home to Real, who they had beaten in their previous three meetings in Germany. Early free kicks from Ronaldo and Gonzalo Castro forced good saves from Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki and his Real counterpart Keylor Navas respectively before Real snatched the lead in the 17th minute. Gareth Bale’s clever back heel squirmed through to Ronaldo and he stabbed a shot across Bürki and into the far corner, the Portugal captain’s record extending 95th Champions League goal. Dortmund pressed immediately for an equalizer and Ousmane Dembele’s effort was deflected over the crossbar by Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute before Sokratis Papastathopoulos tested Navas with a header. Blasted over Dortmund were level two minutes before halftime. Navas attempted to clear Raphael Guerreiro’s free kick but punched the ball against team mate Raphael Varane and Aubameyang stabbed the ball over the line. It was the Gabon forward’s seventh goal in nine appearances for Dortmund this season. The pacy and skillful Dembele was causing problems for Real fullback Danilo and the French teenager blasted over when well placed six minutes into the second half. Navas parried a curling Aubameyang effort moments later before the ever-dangerous Ronaldo failed to capitalize on an inviting Ramos centre, sending a glancing header wide. Real were back in front in the 68th minute when Karim Benzema volleyed a Ronaldo centre onto the frame of the goal and Varane was on hand to put the loose ball over the line. Guerreiro forced a good save from Navas with a powerful drive two minutes later and the Costa Rican was by far the busier of the two keepers in the closing stages. Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic had given the home side some real zip after coming on in the 73rd minute and it was his cross that eventually fell to fellow substitute Schürrle three minutes from time. The German international steadied himself before crashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the net. Both sides went in search of a late winner but the final action of the game was a brief melee in the Real area which resulted in a yellow card for Aubameyang. Unsavory conclusion It was a slightly unsavory conclusion to what had been an entertaining spectacle. "It looked for a long time as if we weren't going to be able to turn the game around so we're pleased that we showed courage and believed in the draw," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. "We are not completely happy with the 2-2 but we are a long way from not being able to value the result for what it is," he added. "It feels good not to lose having twice been behind. But we have the feeling we could have done better." Tuchel's Real counterpart Zinedine Zidane was annoyed his team had twice let the lead slip in what was their third draw in a row after two stalemates in La Liga. "I am angry because we played a great match, with a lot of effort," the former France and Real great told reporters. "In defense and attack we did what we set out to do but at the end it was the same result for the third game in a row." In the other match in Group F, Sporting Lisbon beat Legia Warsaw 2-0. Sporting have three points from two games, with Dortmund and Real both on four. Dortmund vs Real Madrid: As it happened Other Champions League results: Monaco 1-1 Leverkusen CSKA 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur Sporting 2-0 Legia Warsaw Copenhagen 4-0 Club Brugge Leicester 1-0 Porto Dinamo 0-4 Juventus Sevilla 1-0 Lyon

Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to earn a deserved 2-2 Group F draw at home to European champions Real Madrid. Substitute Andre Schürrle smashed in the equalizer three minutes from time at Signal Iduna Park. After spending heavily over the summer, Dortmund had high hopes of continuing their winning run at home to Real, who they had beaten in ... Read More »

Portugal v Wales is so much more than Ronaldo against Bale

Real Madrid team mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will get all the attention ahead of Wednesday's Euro 2016 semifinal, but Portugal against Wales is about so much more than the two La Liga Superstars. Let's ignore Ronaldo and Bale for the time being. The key to the first semifinal in Lyon could be the absence of suspended Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. As important as Bale has been to the Dragons with his three goals, Ramsey´s four assists and a goal have arguably been more crucial. He was everywhere in the last eight triumph over Belgium. He is the link between the defence and Bale and his suspension will hit Wales very hard given they have no obvious world class replacement. Two nations "It's not about two players, it is about two nations in a semifinal, 11 men against 11 men," said Bale. "Everybody knows that really." France could bring in Moussa Sissoko for the suspended N'Golo Kante in their quarterfinal romp over Iceland, but Wales do not have that luxury. Leicester City's Andy King could come in for Ramsey, and though his club enjoyed a fairytale English title success last season, he was mainly a substitute. In any case, Welsh media say unheralded Jonathan Williams, who played in the English second tier last term, may step in instead. Losing Arsenal midfielder Ramsey, to a suspension many neutrals feel is unfair, could have decided the outcome of the last four clash before it even begins. An immense spirit has been a major factor in Wales making it to this stage in their first European Championship appearance. But determination can only take you so far. Steep learning curve Charismatic Wales coach Chris Coleman said it had been a steep learning curve for his team coming to terms with some of international football’s darker arts, where players seek to gain an advantage by breaking or bending the rules while escaping punishment. “At this level of international football, someone makes a wrong decision and within two or three seconds you are behind in the game,” Coleman told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s about being streetwise and we used to be far too honest. We’ve got better at that. Sometimes it’s not very pretty, it can look ugly. Anything you need to do to stay in the game you do it.” Lumbered through Another worry for Coleman, who took over after the suicide of close friend Gary Speed in 2011, is that Portugal have not even played well yet. Surely Fernando Santos' side have to click at some point having lumbered through the group stage with three draws and then winning their two knockout round clashes in extra time against Croatia and in a penalty shooutout against Poland. New Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches has looked very lively, but their overall play has been scrappy and their defence has looked shaky at times. They also lack an out-and-out striker with winger Nani having operated there. But yes, they have Ronaldo. Two goals in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary have been his only meaningful contributions on the pitch along with his penalty in the quarterfinal shootout win over Poland. He does not look fully fit after a gruelling season for Real Madrid, but it is his role as captain which may make the difference. Unlikely final He is often seen as an individualist, but footage has emerged of him geeing up team mate Joao Moutinho ahead of the shootout with Poland and Ronaldo may still be able to drag his team over the line and reach an unlikely final. “Cristiano has led by example here,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said on Tuesday. “The way he is on the training ground, with his team mates, he’s been impeccable.” Portugal's progress would not be as unlikely as Wales reaching the showpiece at the Stade de France on Sunday against either France or Germany. They were rank outsiders at the start but have helped light up the tournament along with Iceland. Bale will be desperate to outshine Ronaldo and produce a moment of magic to seal a dream final for the tiny nation. However, he will probably wish Ramsey was with him.

Real Madrid team mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale will get all the attention ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2016 semifinal, but Portugal against Wales is about so much more than the two La Liga Superstars. Let’s ignore Ronaldo and Bale for the time being. The key to the first semifinal in Lyon could be the absence of suspended Wales midfielder ... Read More »

Euro 2016: Ronaldo and Lewandowski search for spark in quarterfinal

In Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, Poland and Portugal boast two of the world’s deadliest strikers but neither the sides nor their star men have set Euro 2016 alight. That could all change on Thursday. While Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Hungary in the final group game, the Real Madrid superstar hasn’t been at his best. His missed penalty in the 0-0 draw with Austria was partially responsible for the Iberian nation’s third-placed finish in group F. For his part, Lewandowski has failed to find the net in any of Poland’s four games thus far, though he did score his penalty in Poland’s 5-4 penalty win over Switzerland in the Round of 16. That win booked Poland’s maiden European Championship quarterfinal on Thursday and assistant manager Hubert Malowiejski expects his main man to rise to the occasion. "We are not worried about Robert, not at all," he said. "Of course he felt some pain after that match, but there is not even the slightest bit of doubt he will be ready for Portugal." Portugal reached the last eight with a drab 1-0 victory over Croatia and have drawn criticism in some quarters for the perceived negativity of an approach that contributed to neither side registering a shot on target in 90 minutes. Despite being largely shackled for most of the game, Ronaldo did eventually make an impact when his shot was parried in to the path of Ricardo Quaresma, who nodded home the winner. Portugal defender Jose Fonte said that any team with a player of Ronaldo’s ability cannot be discounted. "We'll always have a chance. We've got the best player in the world - Ronaldo - and the likes of Nani, Quaresma and Joao Mario," he said. "If we have to play bad and win, I'll do it. As a team you want to play good football and win games but sometimes you can't." If he does score past a stingy Polish defense who have conceded just one goal in the tournament, Ronaldo will match Michel Platini’s European Championship scoring record of nine. He has already become the first player to score in four Euros and broken the competition record for appearances. The winner of the match in Marseille will meet Wales or Belgium, who play on Friday, in the first semifinal in Lyon on July 6.

In Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, Poland and Portugal boast two of the world’s deadliest strikers but neither the sides nor their star men have set Euro 2016 alight. That could all change on Thursday. While Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Hungary in the final group game, the Real Madrid superstar hasn’t been at his best. ... Read More »

Ronaldo treble sinks Wolfsburg in Madrid

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick blew Wolfsburg away in the Bernabéu, as a clinical Real Madrid side overcame a 2-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 second leg win to secure a Champions League semifinal spot. Real Madrid 3 - 0 Wolfsburg (Aggregate: Real 3 - 2 Wolfsburg) (Ronaldo 16, 17, 77) Ever since their shock first leg defeat last Wednesday, Real Madrid’s players have been pointing to their side’s history of European comebacks – or "remontada." A Cristiano Ronaldo treble ensured the club can add another chapter to that particular story. As was the case last week, the Spanish side enjoyed the brighter start. But where last week they were profligate, this week they were lethal, two Cristiano Ronaldo goals in rapid succession punishing sloppy Wolfsburg defending before Ronaldo sealed the deal with a second-half free kick. The opener came after 16 minutes. A weak cross from Real’s right back Dani Carvajal was deflected, Wolfsburg center backs Naldo and Dante failed to react quickly enough and the ball fell to Ronaldo, who made no mistake from close range. As their opponents did in last week’s match, Wolfsburg crumbled after conceding. They lost possession shortly after the re-start, allowing Carvajal space on the right flank once more. Again the full back crossed for the Portuguese and again Ronaldo hit the target, forcing Diego Benaglio to tip over the bar. From the resulting corner, Ronaldo doubled the home side’s lead with a glancing front-post header. As with the first goal, there were question marks over the German side's defending with the competition’s top scorer given a free header in the box. The visitors had gone from 2-0 up in the tie to 2-2 in just 88 seconds. Things got even worse for Dieter Hecking’s men on the half-hour mark, when Julian Draxler, whose performance in the first leg was good enough to see Carvajal replace Danilo for this game, limped off to be replaced by Max Kruse. While the hosts continued to threaten, Wolfsburg gradually found some composure in the latter part of the first half and while they created little of note, they at least maintained aggregate parity going into the break. Real, roared on by a vociferous Bernabéu crowd, started the second half with the same intensity that they had the first, pinning Wolfsburg in their own half, almost forcing Guilavogui in to an own goal and winning a succession of corners. It was from one of those corners that Sergio Ramos almost gave his side the lead for the first time in this tie. His thumping header struck the inside of the post and Benaglio did well to scramble the ball in to his body and safety. Without goal-line technology in the Champions League, debate raged as to whether the Swiss stopped it from crossing the line. But Real - and Cristiano Ronaldo - weren’t to be denied for long. Luiz Gustavo was controversially penalized for a tackle on the edge of his own box and Ronaldo stepped up to squeeze the ball between the heads of two Wolfsburg players in the wall and into Benaglio’s net, completing his hat-trick. The third goal meant Wolfsburg had to attack in search of the away goal that would have seen them through. They bought on striker Bas Dost for Josuha Guilavogui but, in truth, Keylor Navas was barely threatened in the Madrid goal. Ultimately, the 10-time winners had too much for a side sitting eighth in the Bundesliga.

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick blew Wolfsburg away in the Bernabéu, as a clinical Real Madrid side overcame a 2-0 first leg deficit with a 3-0 second leg win to secure a Champions League semifinal spot. Real Madrid 3 – 0 Wolfsburg (Aggregate: Real 3 – 2 Wolfsburg) (Ronaldo 16, 17, 77) Ever since their shock first leg defeat last Wednesday, ... Read More »

Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar up for Ballon d’Or

All three finalists for the Ballon d'Or award as player of the year come from Spain's Primera Liga. Three German World Cup winners failed to make the final cut. Ballon d'Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, above right) of Real Madrid was joined by two members of FC Barcelona on the three-man list of finalists unveiled at a FIFA gala on Monday. Neymar has made it to the final three for the first time, alongside Barcelona teammate and perennial finalist Lionel Messi (above, left). Ronaldo has captured the award as the world's best player for the past two years running, after Messi had dominated the trophy, having previously won the Ballon d'Or four times in a row. Three members of the German team that won the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, his high-scoring teammate, Thomas Müller, and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos had all been in the running but failed to advance to the final three. Bayern's Pep Guardiola on the other hand, is one of the three finalists in the race for coach of the year, alongside Chile's Copa America winner Jorge Sampaoli and Luis Enrique of Barcelona. The only German to be included among the finalists is Celia Sasic of the women's national team. She is joined by Carli Lloyd of the US squad that won the World Cup in Canada this past summer, as well as Aya Miyama of finalists Japan. Jill Ellis of the US, Norio Sasak of Japan and Mark Sampson of England are the finalists in the category of coaches of women's teams. Also unveiled on Monday were the three finalists for the FIFA Puskas Award for the "most beautiful goal of the year." In the running are Alessandro Florenzi of Roma, Wendell Lira of Brazilian side Athetico GO Goianesia and Lionel Messi. The winners are to be announced at a gala in Zurich on January 11.

All three finalists for the Ballon d’Or award as player of the year come from Spain’s Primera Liga. Three German World Cup winners failed to make the final cut. Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, above right) of Real Madrid was joined by two members of FC Barcelona on the three-man list of finalists unveiled at a FIFA gala on ... Read More »

Champions League: Juventus hold off Real Madrid to clinch final place

Juventus will face Barcelona in the Champions League final after a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid. Alvaro Morata cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty to seal their place in Berlin. Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (2-3 agg) (Ronaldo pen 23' – Morata 57') Juventus held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in their Champions League semifinal second leg. After a 2-1 home win for Juventus in the first leg, they were favorites to qualify despite the prospect of facing Madrid in the Spanish capital. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty in the first half, Alvaro Morata scored once again against his former club to send Juventus through 3-2 on aggregate. Ronaldo gives Madrid dream start Real Madrid knew their away goal would be vital heading to the Spanish capital. But with the score at 2-1 from the first leg, scoring first would also be important to bring the away goal into play - and they did. Minutes after Gareth Bale had sent a rocket shot at Gianluigi Buffon, Madrid had a penalty. James Rodriguez drifted into the box and past Giorgio Chiellini, with a clip from the Italian sending him down. Cristiano Ronaldo blasted down the middle to bring the aggregate score level. Ronaldo's 77th goal in the Champions League, bringing him level with Lionel Messi on top of the all-time list once again. It also tied the Portuguese forward with Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano on 307 club goals. Juventus, in search of a first club treble, were looking to counterattack against the forward thinking defending Champions League winners. But it was Buffon who was called into action again after half an hour, saving well from a Karim Benzema header. Iker Casillas had just a single save to make in the first half, after Arturo Vidal's shot early on. Morata haunts Madrid again The second half started slowly with limited chances for either side. But Juventus always looked threatening. Striker Carlos Tevez was dropping deep to collect the ball, whilst Andrea Pirlo was finding space to orchestrate the attacks. Twelve minutes into the second half, Juventus had their goal. Paul Pogba won a header against Sergio Ramos, which fell to Alvaro Morata in the box. The former Real Madrid forward did well to control ahead of Toni Kroos' weak challenge and finish for his second goal of the tie against his previous employer. Half of his Juventus goals have come against the Spanish side. Claudio Marchisio should have had his Juventus team ahead on the night after he picked up Arturo Vidal's through ball, but he couldn't beat a stretching Casillas. Gareth Bale could have then had Madrid level twice in the space of five minutes. Ronaldo's dinked cross to the back post was headed over the bar from close range by the Welshman, before he again headed into the stands from a corner. Pogba had one last chance toward the end, but his close ranged shot went straight at Casillas. Juventus held on to clinch a first Champions League final place since 2003 and will face Barcelona in the final on June 6.

Juventus will face Barcelona in the Champions League final after a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid. Alvaro Morata cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty to seal their place in Berlin. Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus (2-3 agg) (Ronaldo pen 23′ – Morata 57′) Juventus held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in their Champions League semifinal ... Read More »

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