Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty keeps Madrid alive in Champions League

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Sherri Watson | 12 April, 2018, 06:12

Real Madrid had been trailing 0-3 on the night and the game was on the verge of going into extra-time when the English referee judged Medhi Benatia's slight contact on Lucas Vazquez was enough for him to give a penalty.

Another headed goal by Mandzukic after 37 minutes really had Los Merengues on the ropes, the Croatian only the second Bianconeri player to score a brace versus Madrid, the other being club legend Alessandro Del Piero in 2008.

That goal means that Ronaldo extended his record to 11 games with a goal in the Champions League.

"Real Madrid could have scored more goals today, but Juventus and Buffon were great". "I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible". After coming on as a substitute, Stephan Lichtsteiner beat Marcelo down the right hand side and swung a risky ball in towards the six yard box, which Mandzukic was able to get his head on. "Then they played very well, and we were bad - not in chances, as we made chances, but we had a bit of difficulty in managing our game".

Cristiano Ronaldo's controversial 97th-minute penalty ensured Los Blancos' passage into the last four of the competition, 4-3 aggregate, after almost throwing away a 3-0 first-leg advantage.

"In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end".

It was so controversial that Giorgio Chiellini, Juve's start defender, makes the money gesture after Real Madrid is awarded the PK.

Oliver showed Buffon a red card - moments before the penalty shot.

"We can not play with the hope that we change everything in the first 20 minutes", Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Tuesday.

"I don't understand why they protested the penalty", Ronaldo said.

The third goal came thanks to a 61st-minute mistake by Navas, who failed to hold on to a mid-height cross into the area and dropped the ball into Matuidi's feet in front of the goal.

In added time at the end of a pulsating first half, Raphael Varane saw his header from six yards out rebound off the bar after being picked out by Toni Kroos' delivery from the left.

The Italian veteran, who is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he walked off the pitch in what is likely to be his last act in a long and eventful career in the Champions League.