Postat på 15th May 2015
After two riveting semi-final ties, the teams set to meet in the 2015 UEFA Champions League final have been decided - Italian domestic champions Juventus face off against Spanish giants and current La Liga leaders Barcelona. The fixture is as follows:
Juventus vs Barcelona - Saturday 6th June 2015, 19:45 GMT - Olympiastadion
Both teams have been in scintillating form throughout the whole tournament. Juventus remain undefeated since reaching the knockout stages of the tournament displaying an unerring dominance. Up until Tuesday's second-leg tie against Bayern Munich, Barcelona have recorded wins in every game of the tournament since 30th September, ensuring that this year's Champions League final will be one to remember before it has even begun.
To reach this point in the tournament, both teams have come up against opponents of the highest calibre, most notably in the semi-finals. In the first leg, Barcelona asserted control over the match against German champions Bayern Munich. After a sluggish first half, Messi scored two and Neymar a third in the final 13 minutes to give Barca 3-0 first leg lead.
With a huge deficit to make up, the ever-relentless Bayern mounted a valiant charge when Barcelona returned to visit them at the Allianz Arena. An early header from Medhi Benatia put the Bavarian club up after 7 minutes and the game looked to be up for grabs, but Neymar had other plans, linking up with Suarez to score two and seemingly put any hopes Bayern had out of reach after 29 minutes. Nevertheless, goals from Lewandowski and Müller brought the aggregate scoreline to 5-3, but their attempts were in vain as Barcelona secured their first Champions League final appearance since 2011.
The other side of fixtures featured two teams with plenty to play for. Real Madrid aiming to set up an all-Spanish El Clasico meeting for the first time, while Juventus have not made it to the final in 12 years. The first leg saw ex-Real man Alvaro Morata put his old team after 8 minutes, but a header from Ronaldo brought it level to 1-1 before the second half. The high pressure from the Italians was seemingly too much after Carvajal brought down Tevez inside the area who neatly put away the resulting penalty to give Juventus a 2-1 win in Turin.
Ronaldo's penalty in the 23rd minute of the second leg tie would have sent Real Madrid through on away goals were it not for Morata scoring his second in two games against his former club. This brought the final score to 3-2, causing Los Blancos to fall at the final hurdle in a result that came as a shock to many whilst simultaneously setting up a truly epic final.
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