For a long stretch of last year’s Champions League final, Juventus looked like it was capable of upsetting defending champions Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo opened scoring, but Mario Mandžukić responded with an overhead kick that will go down as one of the best goals in the competition’s history. Juve hung with Los Meregues for the first hour.
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But after Casemiro scored a deflected goal, Madrid took control. Ronaldo found a second shortly afterwards, and Marco Asensio finished the night with a fourth goal in stoppage time, causing Juve to suffer a bit of an embarrassing loss on the scoreboard. It would be Leonardo Bonucci’s final game with the Old Lady, and Gigi Buffon looked like he knew it might be his last shot at winning a European title.
Just under a year later, Juventus will have its shot at revenge. On Friday, the Bianconeri were drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals, and will have a chance to deny Madrid’s historic run to a third consecutive title.How Real Madrid got here
While Madrid’s Round of 16 draw looked tricky, it coasted through to the quarterfinals with relative ease. Neymar and Paris Saint-Germain were supposed to cause Los Merengues serious problems, but Madrid posted a 3-1 win in the first leg at Parc des Princes, and Neymar was injured in a Ligue 1 game between the two legs. Madrid was able to field a rotated team and win 2-1 at home in the second leg.
How Juventus got here