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Champions League football final: Real Madrid vs Juventus head-to-head

A look at the key contributors to Juventus and Real Madrid’s success this season, ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Cardiff. Here’s a look at their head-to-head record

football Updated: Jun 03, 2017 13:10 IST
New York Times
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Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon during training in Cardiff. June play Real Madrid in the Champions League football final in Cardiff on Saturday. (REUTERS)

Real Madrid seem certain to put the ball in the net at least once, even against Juventus; it has scored in 64 straight games in all competitions. That means it may be up to Higuain and Dybala to find a matching goal for Juventus.

Real are the very slight favourite with oddsmakers, and the over/under is two goals. So a 1-1 tie that goes into extra time would be a solid forecast. Three of the last five finals have had extra time, and two of those had to be settled on penalties.

Real Madrid won the Spanish league for the first time in five years, edging arch-rivals Barcelona by 3 points, but managed only second in their Champions League group stage, finishing behind Borussia Dortmund. In the knockout stage, Real Madrid eliminated Napoli and then Bayern Munich in extra time. They advanced to the final by knocking out their crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the semifinals.

Juventus won the double again in Italy, a sixth straight league title and a third straight cup victory. In 12 Champions League games, including knockout wins over Porto, Barcelona and Monaco, Juventus are unbeaten and has surrendered only three goals.

First Published: Jun 03, 2017 13:08 IST