The game was televised live on Fox Sports 1, while Fox Soccer 2 GO and Fox Sports GO had live online streaming starting at 1:45 CT. You were also able to follow livescore updates on our page.
TURIN, Italy (Sporting Alert) — Real Madrid and Juventus will be without key players when they meet in Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg in Turin.
The game will be televised live on Fox Sports 1, while Fox Soccer 2 GO and Fox Sports GO will have live online streaming starting at 1:45 CT. You can also follow livescore updates on our page
Defending champions Real Madrid come into the contest as the slight favourites to take the two-way tie, but will be with forward Karim Benzema and midfielder Luka Modric for the first game on the road.
Both influential players have been ruled out with respective knee problems so manager Carlo Ancelotti must find other options to help stop Real Madrid’s run of seven consecutive trips to Italy without a victory.
Juventus will be without talented midfielder Paul Pogba, who continues to recovery from a hamstring injury he suffered in March. The Frenchman is expected to be ready for the second leg.
“It would have been better if [Luka] Modrić and [Paul] Pogba were involved. We hope to have Pogba back for the return leg,” Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri said.
The Spanish giants, who beat fellow La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in their quarterfinals, will welcome the return of attacker Gareth Bale after he recovered from a calf injury he picked up in the Atletico clash.
The Wales international was a second-half substitute during Saturday’s 3-2 exciting victory at Sevilla in the league, but could return to the starting team on Tuesday night.
Juventus are coming off winning the Serie A league title on Saturday and Ancelotti is expecting Allegri team to bring a wealth of confidence into the matchup.
“It’s going to be an even game. We had a lot of possession against Atlético [in the quarters] but like us, Juve are a side who like a lot of possession,” Ancelotti said.
“The most important thing is to play the best we can and show our quality. We want to attack and we’re preparing to play an attacking game, but we’re going to have to defend really well too.”
He added: “Juve won the league on Saturday and are full of confidence, with experienced players and real quality.
“They are one of the few sides who have no problem switching between three and four defenders. Pirlo is a great, fantastic player.”
Possible starting lineups
Juventus: Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Vidal; Pereyra; Morata, Tévez.
Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; James, Kroos, Ramos, Isco; Bale, Ronaldo.