Juventus and Real Madrid CF, who between them have appeared in 20 European Cup finals, will try to take significant steps towards another title when they meet in the semi-final first leg in Turin.
The most recent of the teams’ 16 fixtures came in last season’s group stage when Madrid won 2-1 at home before a 2-2 away draw.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first game, a 29th-minute penalty proving decisive after Fernando Llorente had equalised his early strike. Juve had Giorgio Chiellini dismissed early in the second half.
In Turin an Arturo Vidal penalty put Juve ahead, only for Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to turn things around. The Bianconeri earned a point with Llorente’s header.
Jupp Heynckes’ Madrid beat a Juve team coached by Marcello Lippi in the 1998 UEFA Champions League final. A 66th-minute Predrag Mijatović goal ended the Merengues’ 32-year wait for their seventh European title.
They have faced each other 16 times – all in the European Cup – with home advantage proving key: Juventus’ home record is W5 D1 L1 while Madrid’s is W5 D0 L2. Those 16 games include the 1998 final and a 1961/62 European Cup quarter-final replay staged in Paris, which Madrid won 3-1.
They also met in the 2008/09 group stage, Juventus winning 2-1 in Turin with Alessandro Del Piero and Amauri on target before Ruud van Nistelrooy replied. Two weeks later Del Piero scored twice at the Santiago Bernabéu in a 2-0 away victory.
Juve’s last UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance came in 2002/03, when they lost the first leg 2-1 in Madrid. A 3-1 victory in the return gave Juve a 4-3 aggregate success.
In the first tie between the teams, in the 1961/62 quarter-finals, each side won 1-0 away from home before Madrid won in the replay.
Unbeaten in 12 home matches in UEFA competition, Massimiliano Allegri’s men have won four out of five games in Turin in this campaign, including victories over Borussia Dortmund and AS Monaco FC in the knockout rounds.

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