Real Madrid take on Juventus on Wednesday evening with the two sides bidding for a place in the Champions League final.
The first-leg ended 2-1 to the Italian outfit, putting them in the driving seat, just. However the away goal scored by Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin could prove crucial in determining which side makes it to Berlin next month.
Ahead of the game, we bring you all the talking points and info you need.
It's a big night for...
Gareth Bale. The Wales international is having a rough time of it at the moment, finding himself in the newspapers either being linked with a move away or being criticised for his latest performance. In the first-leg he was largely anonymous and he backed that up with a quiet display in a 2-2 draw with Valencia at the weekend. But the former Tottenham player has shown in the past an ability to score when it really matters - grabbing crucial goals in the finals of both the Champions League and Copa del Rey last season. A big contribution against Juventus is just what he needs.
What happened in the first-leg?
Juventus made a sharp start at the Juventus Stadium and were rewarded for it when Alvaro Morata scored against his former team after eight minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo pulled things level with a header after 27 minutes. But the Italian side were to triumph in Turin when an excellent display from Carloz Tevez was capped with a well taken penalty that the Argentine had won himself.
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1 player ratings
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1 player ratings
1/22 Gianluigi Buffon
Reliable and imposing as ever, Buffon was an assured presence between the sticks. Couldn’t do anything about Ronaldo’s opener. 7
2/22 Patrice Evra
The ex-Manchester United left back was solid at the back apart from a lapse in concentration for the first goal. Found it hard to get forward with Rodriguez pinning him back. 7
3/22 Giorgio Chellieni
The big centre half gave a performance which epitomised what he is all about; Strength, organisation and aggression. Didn’t give Bale or Ronaldo much to work off. 8
4/22 Seb Lichtsteiner
The Swiss international was composed as always and looked to get forward at every opportunity. Kept Isco quiet going forward as well. 8
5/22 Christian Bonucci
Another solid display from Bonucci. His positioning and aerial ability made him too much of a presence for the Madrid forwards to deal with. 8
6/22 Andrea Pirlo
Another typically tidy display from Juve’s mercurial maestro. Didn’t have the affect he usually brings but still controlled the tempo of the game. 7
Chased the Madrid midfield tirelessly and attacked with pace when Juve broke away. He could be a key player in the second leg. 7
8/22 Claudio Marchisio
Used his experience and stamina to aid his team’s defensive efforts and released Tevez impressively in the lead up to the first goal. 7
9/22 Arturo Vidal
The Chilean was classy on the ball and industrious off it. Never stopped for a minute and looked to probe Madrid at every opportunity. 7
10/22 Alvaro Morata
The ex-Madrid striker was excellent against his old club. His work ethic and tricky footwork tormented the away side. Couldn’t miss his goal. 8
11/22 Carlos Tevez
Set up the first goal, earned the penalty and scored it. Tevez was a man possessed, taking Madrid apart at every opportunity. 9
12/22 Iker Casillas
The Madrid keeper was sloppy in patches and will be disappointed not to have parried Tevez’s first half attempt away from Morata to avoid the first goal. 6
13/22 Dani Carvajal
Could’ve cost his team a place in the final after hauling down Tevez for the penalty and will be counting himself lucky not be have been sent off. 5
Struggled to cope with the exploits of Morata and Tevez but seemed to be the only assured figure holding it together at the back for Madrid. 6
15/22 Raphael Varane
The highly rated defender looked well out of his depth tonight. Varane will be having nightmares about tonight for a while. Will need to improve hugely for the second leg. 5
The Brazilian full back had a game to forget. Failed to find a Madrid shirt for the majority of the first half and his defending wasn’t much better. 5
17/22 Sergio Ramos
Playing out of position, Ramos looked out of sorts for large periods of the game. Was overrun in midfield and failed to link play effectively up to the forwards. 5
18/22 Toni Kroos
The German maestro looked comfortable on the ball but failed to create many big chances. Resorted to shooting from distance most of the time. 6
Looked the most likely to create something out of the Madrid midfield but couldn’t find a breakthrough in the second half. Cut a frustrated figure. 7
20/22 James Rodriguez
Created the first goal but other than that flattered to deceive. Showed clever movement and passing at times but didn’t make a huge impact after the first goal. 6
21/22 Gareth Bale
The Welsh wizard will come under more scrutiny after this performance. Bale didn’t threaten the Juve goal anywhere near enough. 5
22/22 Cristiano Ronaldo
Went in front of Lionel Messi in the Champions League scoring charts but will take no other positives from tonight. Looked very isolated alone up front. 6
These teams met in the 1998 Champions League final with the Spanish side winning thanks to a solitary goal scored by Predrag Mijatovic in the 66th minute. Watch it below...
One to watch...
Paul Pogba. The France international who slipped through Manchester United's grasp and has been reminding them about it with every performance since is back. Having missed the first-leg, he returned at the weekend after a two month lay-off and found the back of the net.
Real Madrid's home record is phenomenal. Prior to their 2-2 draw with Valencia at the weekend they had won their last six, scoring 21 and conceding just 2. They've also scored at least one in their last 52 games at the Bernabeu and scored at home in their last 23 Champions League outings.
The boring stuff...
The match is on Wednesday at 7.45pm and will be shown on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 5. There will also be minute-by-minute coverage on The Independent website.
Best build-up quote...
"We must keep a cool head, be patient and not go crazy" - Real Madrid player Dani Carvajal.Reuse content