He had only been on the pitch for a matter of seconds. Alvaro Morata replaced Angel Di Maria late in the game and immediately chased a seemingly lost cause as he charged forward, pressured two Juventus defenders into making botched clearances and quickly registered a shot on goal. It was a more meaningful contribution than anything Karim Benzema had managed in his entire 66 minutes on the pitch.
Morata turned 21 on Wednesday and the striker is clearly coming of age as a Madrid player. His brief cameo followed an impressive performance in the 2-0 win over Malaga on Saturday and the Spain Under-21 forward is now pushing Benzema for the starting spot which the Frenchman has done little to make his own.