Zalayeta ruins Real's hopes
By Rob Lanacaster. Last Updated: 09/03/05 9:35pm
Marcelo Zalayeta was the unlikely hero for Juventus as his extra time strike knocked Real Madrid out of the UEFA Champions League.
The Uruguayan's powerful finish five minutes from time put the Serie A outfit into the quarter finals of the competition as they managed to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg.
Substitute David Trezeguet's goal had levelled the tie on aggregate with both teams ending the contest with ten men as Alessio Tacchinardi and Ronaldo were ordered off after an off-the-ball altercation.
The hosts quickly stamped their authority on the match and they could well have levelled matters inside the opening three minutes had Alessandro Del Piero not completely missed the ball from just eight yards out.
Strike-partner Zlatan Ibrahimovic was equally wasteful soon after as he shot straight at Iker Casillas from a tight angle when he had time to pick his spot.
Zalayeta was next to go close for the Italians as he squandered two chances on the volley, firstly with his left foot when he shinned the ball wide and then with his right as he skied a flying attempt high over the bar.
However, for all their early aggression Juventus were unable to find a breakthrough and as the half wore on the visitors managed to get a foothold in the game.
Former home favourite Zinedine Zidane's wayward left foot shot after 23 minutes was the Spaniards' first attempt of the night as they finally managed to retain possession long enough to get near the opposition's penalty area.
With the home side pouring forward Real were allowed space to counter attack and Ronaldo went close to breaking the deadlock with a low curling effort that just drifted past the far post.
The Brazilian front-man went close to an opening goal straight after the break too as he out-paced Fabio Cannavaro to get a strike on target that Gianluigi Buffon had to turn away for a corner.
Mauro Camoranesi's attempts to win a penalty after minimal contact with the leg of Walter Samuel showed how desperate Juventus had become as they struggled to find a way through.
That was until manager Fabio Capello decided to introduce Trezeguet with the substitution paying dividends 15 minutes from time.
Camoranesi's deep cross from the right was headed back into the danger zone by Ibrahimovic for the French international to level the tie with an acrobatic finish from six yards out.
Ronaldo thought he had grabbed a late equaliser when he tapped home Luis Figo's cross, but the goal was chalked off correctly for offside as extra time was needed to find out who would progress through to the last eight.
The 30 minutes yielded little in the way of goalmouth action with the major talking point coming when Tacchinardi and Ronaldo were shown red cards.
The duo were given their marching orders after the Juve substitute appeared to elbow in the former Internazionale striker's direction and he retaliated by lashing out with a wild swing of his boot at the offender.
With both teams down to ten men it appeared penalties were a certainty until Zalayeta rammed home a loose ball from the edge of the area to give his side a victory that means there will be no Spanish team in the quarter finals of Europe's premier club competition.
Juventus v Real Madrid player ratings
|Juventus||Team Statistics||Real Madrid|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|4||Shots on Target||4|
|16||Shots off Target||5|
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|1||Paris St Germain||5||13|
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