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Champions League Final: Juventus v Real Madrid

Real Madrid have joined Juventus in the final of the Champions League after disposing of city rivals Atletico thanks to a 4-2 aggregate win on Wednesday night.

Atletico threatened to provide a stunning comeback with two early goals but Isco’s strike just before half-time left the hosts with too much to do as Zinedine Zidane’s side went through to contest their third final in four seasons.

Italian champions Juventus reached the final on Tuesday night with a comprehensive 4-1 aggregate win over this season’s surprise package Monaco.

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Previous Meetings
The final in Cardiff will be a 19th meeting for Juventus and Real Madrid – all in the European Cup – and with eight wins apiece, there is nothing to separate the two teams.

Some of the most memorable meetings between these two giant clubs:

1961/62 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-finals
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 0-1 Juventus
Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus (replay in Paris)

The opening instalment in what would become one of Europe’s most even rivalries, needed appropriately a third game to separate the teams. Having had their five-year grip on the European Cup broken the previous season, Madrid won in Turin through Alfredo Di Stéfano’s late strike as they sought to regain the crown – only for Omar Sívori’s goal in Spain to force a Paris replay. There Felo put the five-time champions in front within 60 seconds, and while Sívori replied again before-half-time, second-half efforts from Luis del Sol and Justo Tejada finally took Madrid through.

1986/87 European Champion Clubs’ Cup second round
Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 1-0 Real Madrid (aet; Real Madrid win 3-1 on penalties)

Twenty-five years later, Emilio Butragueño gave Madrid the upper hand with the only goal of the Santiago Bernabéu first leg, but once more Juve responded in Turin thanks to Angelo Cabrini’s ninth-minute reply. Unlike their first meeting, there were no replays so penalties settled the tie; both teams missed their first attempts but whereas Madrid converted their next three, Lionello Manfredonia and Luciano Favero were off target for Juve to end their side’s campaign.

1995/96 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals
Real Madrid 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 2-0 Real Madrid

This first tussle of the UEFA Champions League era brought a first Juve aggregate victory en route to their second European crown – again, however, they were beaten in Spain following Raúl González’s strike midway through the opening half. This time, though, they turned the tie round in Turin, Alessandro Del Piero and Michele Padovano scoring early in each half, with Madrid’s hopes effectively extinguished by Rafael Alkorta’s 72nd-minute red card. Juve also finished with ten men after Moreno Torricelli’s dismissal with 11 minutes left, but held on.

1997/98 UEFA Champions League final
Juventus 0-1 Real Madrid
The teams’ most high-profile meeting to date came at the Amsterdam ArenA, where Predrag Mijatović got the only goal midway through the second period. The Madrid forward scrambled in from close range in the 66th minute to seal his side’s seventh European title, 32 years on from their sixth.

It’s a defeat that still riles up Juventus players and fans are still upset over Mijatovic’s goal:

“It would be great to face Real Madrid in the Final and take revenge for that historic Predrag Mijatovic robbery. His goal in 1998 was clearly offside said former Juventus striker Nicola Amoruso

2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Real Madrid 2-1 Juventus
Juventus 3-1 Real Madrid
Again Juve were in arrears after the Madrid first leg, where goals in either half from Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos had given the hosts the edge despite David Trezeguet’s riposte on the stroke of half-time. It was a different story in northern Italy, strikes by Trezeguet, Del Piero – both before the interval – and Pavel Nedvěd on 73 minutes rendering irrelevant a late effort from Juve old boy Zinédine Zidane. Nedvěd, however, picked up a late booking to rule him out of the final, lost on penalties to AC Milan.

2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals
Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus

In the semi-finals for the first time since their 2002/03 defeat of Madrid, Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve eked out a first-leg advantage in Turin thanks to goals from Álvaro Morata – signed from Madrid the previous summer – and Carlos Tévez either side of a Ronaldo strike. Ronaldo levelled the tie from the spot 23 minutes into the Bernabéu return, only for Morata to score again 12 minutes after half-time to take Juve through at the expense of his former, and now current, employers.

Champions League Final Records
Juventus will be battling for their third Champions League (or European Cup) crown, having won the tournament in both 1985 and 1996, although it has been 21 years since their last triumph. However, the Italians have been beaten finalists on no fewer than six occasions (1973, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2003 and 2015), which is more than any other side.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, have been to the final 14 times and won it 11 times (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014 and 2016) – more than any other club. They are also bidding to become the first side since the tournament was rebranded as the Champions League to successfully defend their title by winning the whole thing back to back.

Key battle BBC v BBC
When Juventus talk about defending, the word they use is “empathy.” Buffon and Juve’s own version of the “BBC” (for Bale, Benzema and Cristiano read Barzagli, Bonucci and Chiellini) have played together for almost seven years. They know exactly what the others are thinking. Still undefeated in the Champions League this term, Juve have been behind only once, and that was for 39 minutes at Sevilla. Real, on the other hand, have found themselves behind at home to Sporting, then away to Legia, not to mention both legs against Napoli, then Bayern at home and again away to Atletico.

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Getting to and around Cardiff

Cardiff is easy to get both internationally and from within the UK. A compact city, there are also plenty of options for getting around once you are there. You are advised to book your travel as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. All the travel advice and information you need is available at www.cardiff2017.wales/fantravel. Keep up to date on travel via twitter @Cardiff17Travel and download the UCL Final Travel App here.

Where to stay

Cardiff offers accommodation for all tastes, including a number of options in the heart of the city. Alternatives include Newport to the north-east as well as more rural options to the north and west and England to the east. See useful links below.

Eating and drinking

Aside from ‘Chippy Lane’ (the locals’ name for Caroline Street in the city centre, which is dominated by fast-food outlets), Cardiff has something for everyone.

Traditional dishes such as cawl (a type of stew) and Welsh rarebit (a version of melted cheese on toast) are generally harder to find in the city centre; the locals are a cosmopolitan bunch who are as likely to be found eating Chinese, Indian or Italian. However, look out for local sausages, Welsh lamb or Welsh cakes. Local bitter is the most popular evening drink and is generally served in pints (568ml).

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