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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Stand-in Leads Juventus Over Real

LONDON -- Michele Padovano was the hero of Juventus in a 2-0 Champions' Cup victory over Real Madrid to cheer an Italian nation stunned by earlier UEFA Cup losses by AC Milan and Roma.


Standing in for star striker Fabrizio Ravanelli on Wednesday, Padovano netted the clinching second half goal after Alessandro Del Piero's early free kick had canceled out Real's 1-0 first leg lead.


Defending titlist Ajax completed a triumph over Germany's Borussia Dortmund by scoring a 1-0 victory in Amsterdam to advance 3-0 overall. Kiki Musampa, the youngest player on the field at age 18, scored the only second leg goal 15 minutes from the end.


Panathinaikos, runner up to Ajax back in 1971, meets the Dutch team again, thanks to two goals against Poland's Legia Warsaw by Polish forward Krzystof Warzycha and one by Argentine Juan Jose Borelli in a 3-0 victory.


Nantes made it to the last four after a 2-2 tie in Moscow gave it a 4-2 aggregate triumph over Spartak and earned a semifinal with Juventus.


On Tuesday, AC Milan and Roma had been eliminated in the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, which means there will be no Italian club in the final for the first time since 1988.


But Juventus rebounded for Italy during an ill-tempered game in which two players were expelled.


Real's Rafael Alkorta was shown the red card while off the field lying on a stretcher after he had pulled down a goalbound Del Piero in the 69th minute.


Juventus defender Moreno Torricelli was second to go in the 78th.


Juventus 2 Real Madrid 0 (aggregate 2-1). Some 70,000 fans at the Delle Alpi stadium saw Del Piero curl a 16th minute free kick through the Real Madrid defensive wall and beat goalkeeper Jose Canizares, deputizing for injured Francisco Buyo, at the left-hand post.


Padovano's goal came eight minutes into the second half when he beat Real's offside trap and fired home from 15 yards.


Ajax Amsterdam 1 Borussia Dortmund 0 (aggregate 3-0). Finnish striker Jari Litmanen blasted the best Ajax chance over the bar from six yards after just five minutes and defender Bogarde did the same from a corner rebound soon after.


Musampa played a one-two with Nwankwo Kanu and drove the ball between Dortmund goalie Stefan Klos's legs after 75 minutes.


Panathinaikos 3 Legia Warsaw 0 (aggregate 3-0). Some 73,000 fans at Athens Olympic stadium saw Legia's Marcin Jalocha sent off after 31 minutes for rough play.


Three minutes later, Warzycha gave Panathaikos the lead by turning in a corner. Warzycha added a second in the 58th and Borelli made sure of a Greek victory with a third in the 78th.