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UCL: Juve, Real Pleased with a Point

  • UEFA.com, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 4:17 PM
Antonio Conte was upbeat despite the fact that Juventus fell to fourth place in UEFA Champions League Group B on Tuesday after drawing 2-2 with Real Madrid in Turin. Not only was the Juve coach pleased with his players’ performance, but Conte & co. also received some help in the other game, as FC Copenhagen beat Galatasaray 1-0, leaving the Bianconeri just one point behind both teams with two games to play.

Arturo Vidal opened the scoring in the 42nd minute from the penalty spot after Raphael Varane brought down Paul Pogba in the area. In the second half, Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for most UCL goals in a calendar year by netting his 14th of 2013 in the 51st-minute following an awful giveaway from Martin Caceres. Nine minutes later, Gareth Bale put the visitor in the lead with a brilliant snap shot from Ronaldo’s pass. Fernando Llorente rounded off the scoring with a 67th minute header following Caceres’ perfect cross.

After the match, Conte praised his team’s fighting sprit. “I am happy because I saw my players fighting on the field, they were brave, they did not fear Real Madrid and this is what we have to do because we are growing up,” he said. “We deserve more points than we have, but when you face a team like Real Madrid, who have players that can turn the match around in a few minutes, there's not much you can do… We can play at their level – we had already proved that in Madrid two weeks ago.” He added: “We have something to say in this competition. I think we feel stronger after this game.”

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti was also pleased with the point. “I'm leaving here feeling satisfied with my team's second-half performance. The reaction was very good on our part. After the break we were much better in terms of courage and aggression. We defended very deep in the first half in order to control Pogba and [Claudio] Marchisio. We changed later in the game, with things improving after the restart."

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