Last-gasp Ronaldo goal sees Real Madrid through

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

That was until Premier League referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial penalty and sent off Gianluigi Buffon for his reaction.

Barcelona had passed up a 4-1 advantage to bow out of the competition against Roma on Tuesday night, but Marcelo has insisted that his team were never heading out.

The Serie A giants had fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to pull level, but with extra-time looming Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clinch a insane win via the penalty spot.

Blaise Matuidi brought Juventus level in the tie after capitalising on Keylor Navas' horrific error in the 61st minute, before the late drama at the Bernabeu. Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio are all in the ascendancy with him at the moment but all were out of the coach's plans earlier in the season.

"Real Madrid could have scored more goals today, but Juventus and Buffon were great". They approached the game in the right way and we didn't.

"We started the game saying to each other that we had 0.000001 percent chance of qualifying but you never know in life, especially because we have a team with players with wonderful characters who are capable of everything", he said.

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Italy's most-capped worldwide Buffon, who is much respected throughout the game, let his emotions overcome him at the end and was dismissed on his 650th appearance for Juve.

Having been beaten by the same scoreline at home in the first leg, they looked set to take the tie to extra-time despite being completely written off. And especially you need personality to referee a game like this.

Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus defender: "Bayern [Munich] suffered the same treatment last season [Madrid profiting from officials' decisions]". The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions. "I knew it would be a decisive penalty, thank God I scored and we went through".

There's nothing left to say...

Yet, Madrid, who are chasing a third straight Champions League title, were awarded a hotly-contested penalty in stoppage time which Cristiano Ronaldo hammered home to send them into the semifinals for a record-extending eighth year in a row.

"It was a game with a lot of suffering and reminded us that in football nobody gifts you anything, and you have to fight until the end".

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