Last-gasp Ronaldo goal sees Real Madrid through

13 April, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Madrid needed to find a way to stay alive in the Champions League despite not playing its best against Juventus, and it did with a determined performance that culminated with Ronaldo's injury-time penalty in a 3-1 loss that was just enough for a 4-3 aggregate win.

Ronaldo's coolly taken 97th-minute penalty into the top corner came after Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box.

Real had plenty of chances in the first half but Buffon made three strong saves to thwart Gareth Bale, Ronaldo and Isco, who was also denied a goal by the offside flag while Raphael Varane sent a header crashing against the bar from a free kick.

"Lucas was pushed from behind and if the penalty was given, it's a goal".

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but they got off to the ideal start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

But Ronaldo is adamant that the decision was correct.

The Juventus players were incensed and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon must have taken things too far, as Oliver chose to issue him a straight red card for his protests at the decision.


We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a insane person would've believed that going in.

Gazzetta dello Sport insisted the "furious" Bianconeri "dominated" Real Madrid and were only eliminated only because of a controversial penalty.

Blaise Matuidi made it level on aggregate after scoring from just a few inches from the goal line following Keylor Navas' blunder which saw the ball fumble out of his hands and Into the Frenchman's path.

"The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra time", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

The goal sent Real into the semi-finals for a record-extending eighth year in a row.

Real Madrid join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday. The penalty tonight was a similar incident to the one involving [Juan] Cuadrado in the first leg.

Should referee Michael Oliver include Ramos' behaviour in his match report today, Ramos could be set to miss the first leg of the semi-final.

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