Gareth Bale had another night to forget as Real Madrid were dumped out of the Champions League semi-final by Italian champions Juventus.
Bale, who was heavily criticised after an awful performance in the first leg, was better than he was last week in Turin but had three excellent chances to get on the score sheet at the Bernabeu.
The chances all came in the second period, after Alvaro Morata put Juventus on the brink of a place in the final.
The first came with a Marcelo cut-back from the left, Bale striking at goal from close-range but Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini got a touch on the ball.
Real Madrid 1 Juventus 1 player ratings
Real Madrid 1 Juventus 1 player ratings
1/22 REAL MADRID: Casillas 7
The Spaniard was excellent when called upon tonight and showed his experience to keep the back four composed as Juventus pressed for an away goal. Couldn’t do anything about the goal.
2/22 Carvajal 7
Carvajal was steady tonight and looked to get forward whenever he could to help the attacking cause. Provided great deliveries from wide positions.
3/22 Varane 7
The young centre back improved hugely from his dismal display in the first leg. He didn’t give Morata a moment’s peace and showed his potential on the big stage.
4/22 Ramos 7
Looked more comfortable in his familiar centre back position and held his own well against the in-form Tevez. Showed his importance at the heart of Madrid’s defence.
5/22 Marcelo 7
After a night to forget in Turin, Marcel was back to his best at the Bernebeu. Defensively sound but gave great support to Ronaldo on the left flank.
6/22 Isco 7
The young Spaniard showed his class tonight, pressing high on the Juventus midfield and finding space in front of the back four on a regular basis.
7/22 Kroos 7
As always, Kroos was assured on the ball and looked to get things going from deep. Finally filled the void left by Luka Modric in the midfield.
8/22 James 7
He may have gone down easily for the penalty but the Colombian was a nuisance in his favoured central midfield role. Found the gaps constantly.
9/22 Bale 6
Although he wasn’t at his majestic best, Bale showed some improvement on his first leg performance. Still seemed quiet and low on confidence though.
10/22 Benzema 7
Benzema showed Madrid what they were missing in the first leg; a focal point. Stretched the Juventus back four and linked up well with the midfield.
11/22 Ronaldo 7
Constantly tried to get Madrid going even if it didn’t come to fruition. Scored the first goal and but cut an incredibly frustrated figure in the second half.
12/22 JUVENTUS: Buffon 7
The Italian veteran had another vintage display tonight. Pulled off countless world class saves to keep Juventus in the tie.
13/22 Lichsteiner 7
The full back struggled to deal with Ronaldo defensively but showed his attacking prowess with some mazy runs down the flank.
14/22 Bonucci 6
Didn’t make a single tackle in the first half and it showed. The experienced defender was overrun in the second leg and should’ve been punished more often.
15/22 Chiellini 6
Ridiculous challenge on Rodriguez for the penalty but recovered well in the second half to give his side some sort of control.
16/22 Evra 6
Showed that he can still play at this level marking Bale out of the game for much of the second leg. Looks to be a key figure in the Juventus squad.
17/22 Marchisio 7
His industrious work ethic and perfectly timed runs from midfield made him a nuisance for the Madrid defence. Should’ve had a brace to himself.
18/22 Pirlo 6
Wasn’t at his best tonight but gave Juventus what they needed when holding onto their lead; composure in possession. Made up for his lack of legs with his positional intelligence.
19/22 Pogba 7
The Frenchman held his own at the Bernebeu and showed the world what he’s all about. Did his bit for his team’s defensive effort but didn’t show as much creative prowess as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him.
20/22 Vidal 7
Worked tirelessly in a trademark performance for the Chilean. Kept the ball well when others around him were feeling the pressure.
21/22 Tevez 8
The diminutive forward continues to take his game to another level. Led most of Juventus’s counter attacks even if he was more of a provider than a direct goal threat.
22/22 Morata 8
The ex-Madrid man played his part in both legs and tonight put the final nail in the holder’s coffin. Great finish under pressure.
The next came minutes later as the ball rebounded back to the Welsh winger on the edge of the box, but he snatched at the effort and it flew wide.
His third chance was easily the best of the bunch, again Marcelo doing well down the left before a cross came in - Bale leapt way above Juve left back Patrice Evra, but the world's most expensive player couldn't keep his header down and it flew just over the bar.
Bale also had a really good long-range effort saved in the first-half by Gianluigi Buffon, but that was the only one of his five shots that found the target.
The game eventually finished 1-1 and Real Madrid were elimated. And then came the memes:
Gareth Bale's heatmap.. pic.twitter.com/SZOnnW3DV0— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) May 13, 2015
Bale will have to leave the stadium in this pic.twitter.com/B1Tjf5Tyva— FootyHumour (@FootyHumour) May 13, 2015
Looking at Bale's performance tonight https://t.co/G5Ld5n0Mcm— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale22) May 13, 2015
Gareth Bale: "What's Old Trafford like mate?" Patrice Evra: "Get over there quick" pic.twitter.com/1w4hwryRre— BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) May 13, 2015
I think I speak for all Welsh fans when defending Bale. pic.twitter.com/DSPzWNoEBZ— View From the Ninian (@ViewFromTheNin) May 13, 2015
Gareth Bale's disguise has well and truly worn off now. pic.twitter.com/8okMulvHbC— Cheers Geoff (@Cheers_geoff) May 13, 2015
Real Madrid fans waiting outside the Bernabeu for Gareth Bale. pic.twitter.com/VsV1zqJteC— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) May 13, 2015
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