Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Ronaldo Sends Real Through After Thrilling Juve Fightback

Ronaldo Sends Real Through After Thrilling Juve Fightback

Ronaldo then stepped up and duly slotted the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with his team moving into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed claims by Juventus players that the late penalty awarded his side in Wednesday's Champions League was dubious.

Zinedine Zidane's men saw their 3-0 first leg advantage cancelled as Juventus scored three away goals and looked to force extra time.

Nevertheless, Liverpool have arguably played the most consistent football of any team in the competition this year, and had Real Madrid not been crowned champions the last two years in a row, you would have to fancy the Merseysiders as favourites for the trophy.

A day after seeing Spanish rival Barcelona blow a three-goal advantage against Roma in Italy, Madrid almost did the same.

The spot-kick was awarded by referee Oliver after Mehdi Benatia was judged to have felled Lucas Vazquez in the box.

"Life goes on", Buffon said.

The semi-final draw will be made tomorrow. "It's a shame it ends like this". Max Allegri's side made the flawless start, as veteran striker Mario Mandzukic found space at the far post to head home a cross from Sami Khedira after just two minutes. The crowd got nervous when Mario Mandzukic added his second goal before halftime, and the unlikely comeback was almost complete when Blaise Matuidi scored the third about 15 minutes into the second half. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd.

"What happened to Barca was never going to happen to us, we're Real Madrid", said the Brazilian, channeling Madrid's usual self-confidence, which has not waned even following a dismal domestic campaign which has seen them drop down to fourth in the Liga standings, 15 points behind leaders Barca.

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

Spanish website Diario Gol reports that Barcelona players feel Oliver made the right decision, though sympathise with Juventus.

But Ronaldo is adamant that the decision was correct.

Ronaldo set another new record, becoming the first to score in 11 straight Champions League matches.

Mario Mandzukic's first goal after 76 seconds was the fastest that Real Madrid have ever conceded in a Champions League home game.

Real Madrid booked their spot in last season's quarter-finals in extra-time after Bayern Munich had Arturo Vidal sent off, and Chiellini has accused the officials of favouring the Madrid giants once again. "But it won't get any easier".

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