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May 6, 2015

Soccer-Juventus move a step closer to rejoining Europe’s elite

TURIN, Italy, May 6 (Reuters) – Juventus’s win over Real Madrid has strengthened their conviction that they are good enough to rejoin European football’s elite after years of watching the Champions League final stages from the sidelines.

Once regarded as one of the continent’s biggest and most powerful clubs, the twice European champions have had to fight their way back to the top following the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal which saw them stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated.

May 5, 2015

Juve’s cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday. Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus’s favour by helping them to a 2-1 win. Real’s defence never got to grips with Tevez’s speed, tenacity and close control as the Argentine revelled in the tie, the highest profile match he has played since his move to Juventus at the start of last season. Often dropping deep to collect the ball in midfield, Tevez then ran at the heart of the Real defence, creating a sense of danger and anticipation among the home fans almost every time. Tevez’s powerful low drive led to Juve’s opening goal in the ninth minute when Real keeper Iker Casillas could only parry the ball to the feet of Alvaro Morata, who tapped the ball into the net against his old club from close range. The run which led to the winner summed up Tevez’s qualities.

TRICKY TEVEZ

After being sent clear by Morata, Tevez charged into the Real area and, although he appeared to be running into a corner, he tricked Dani Carvajal into knocking him over, winning a penalty which he smashed home himself for the winner. The 31-year-old Argentine arrived at Juve under a cloud, worn out after four eventful seasons at Manchester City where he infamously refused to warm up during a Champions League match at Bayern Munich. He was also shunned by then Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella, who never once selected him during three years in charge amid speculation that he was considered too much of a disruptive influence.

May 5, 2015

Soccer-Juve’s cut-price Tevez upstages Ronaldo, Bale

TURIN, Italy, May 5 (Reuters) – Juventus spent about 12 million euros ($13.42 million) to sign Carlos Tevez, a fraction of what Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, yet it was the Argentine who called the shots in their Champions League clash on Tuesday.

Tevez, who has been playing some of the best football of his career and is leading Serie A scorer with 20 goals, gave another inspiring performance as he tipped the first leg of the semi-final in Juventus’s favour by helping them to a 2-1 win.

May 5, 2015

Tevez penalty stuns Real in absorbing contest

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Juventus striker Carlos Tevez smashed home a second-half penalty as the hosts stunned holders Real Madrid with a 2-1 win in an absorbing Champions League semi-final, first leg on Tuesday.

The irrepressible Argentine, playing some of the best football of his career, won the spot kick just before the hour when he was upended by Dani Carvajal following a breakaway and tucked it away in a pulsating, wide open game.

May 5, 2015

Soccer-Tevez penalty stuns Real in absorbing contest

TURIN, Italy, May 5 (Reuters) – Juventus striker Carlos Tevez smashed home a second-half penalty as the hosts stunned holders Real Madrid with a 2-1 win in an absorbing Champions League semi-final, first leg on Tuesday.

The irrepressible Argentine, playing some of the best football of his career, won the spot kick just before the hour when he was upended by Dani Carvajal following a breakaway and tucked it away in a pulsating, wide open game.

May 5, 2015

Napoli fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry

TURIN, (Reuters) – Napoli’s season has already been written off as a failure by critics, but Rafael Benitez’s side could still land only their second European title and qualify for the Champions League.

Napoli host Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with the team still maintaining a media blackout on the orders of outspoken president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.

May 5, 2015

Soccer-Napoli fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry

TURIN, May 5 (Reuters) – Napoli’s season has already been written off as a failure by critics, but Rafael Benitez’s side could still land only their second European title and qualify for the Champions League.

Napoli host Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with the team still maintaining a media blackout on the orders of outspoken president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.

May 4, 2015

Allegri rejects suggestion that Juve have nothing to lose

TURIN (Reuters) – Juventus want to reach the Champions League final as much as anyone, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday as he refuted the suggestion that his side have nothing to lose in their tie against Real Madrid.

Italian sides can no longer match the spending power of clubs from Spain, England and Germany and reaching the semi-finals in itself is regarded as a success for Juventus, the first Serie A side to progress to the last four since Inter Milan in 2010.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Allegri rejects suggestion that Juve have nothing to lose

TURIN, May 4 (Reuters) – Juventus want to reach the Champions League final as much as anyone, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday as he refuted the suggestion that his side have nothing to lose in their tie against Real Madrid.

Italian sides can no longer match the spending power of clubs from Spain, England and Germany and reaching the semi-finals in itself is regarded as a success for Juventus, the first Serie A side to progress to the last four since Inter Milan in 2010.

May 4, 2015

Pepe relishing prospect of battle with Tevez

TURIN (Reuters) – Real Madrid defender Pepe said he was relishing the prospect of a battle against Juventus forward Carlos Tevez when the sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final.

Tevez has been revitalised since his move to Juventus two years ago and the battle between the feisty Argentine and the notoriously volatile Portugal defender promises to be one of the highlights of the first leg.