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Last-minute Ronaldo goal rescues Real against Juventus

12 April 2018, 07:06 | Ken Black

Last-minute Ronaldo goal rescues Real against Juventus

Keylor Navas Real Madrid stay

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he did not understand Juventus players' furious protests - including a straight red card for visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon - at the 93rd-minute penalty which the Portugal global scored to decide Wednesday's dramatic Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo's victor, which meant a 3-1 defeat on the night but a 4-3 aggregate victory, means Real edge one step closer to claiming a third consecutive European triumph, and fourth in five years.

"Because we have not had the chance to take the game to extra-time".

The Old Lady started things off in the most flawless of ways possible when Mario Mandzukic had headed the ball past Keylor Navas inside the first two minutes before doubling their lead before the half-time whistle with another fine header.

Gianluigi Buffon, making his 125th and perhaps final Champions League appearance before retirement, was sent off for his protests.

Trailing 3-0 from the first leg in Turin, Juventus hinted at the extraordinary when they clawed two goals back against the defending champions before half-time, as hitman Mario Mandzukic headed the visitors into contention.

Benatia controversially likened the penalty decision to being "raped".

Juventus face an uphill struggle to overcome a three-goal deficit but will have been inspired by Roma's success over Barcelona on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has scored 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions, and has netted in 11 straight Champions League matches.

It was the first time in 22 home Champions League matches that Bayern had failed to score, while Sevilla's misery was compounded in stoppage when Correa was sent off. "I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".

Juventus still won the match, 3-1, but Real Madrid will advance to the semifinal draw on Friday. "I was very close to the play".

Did Oliver make the right call?

"I talked to Sergio Ramos in the tunnel and told him, in my opinion, it was not a clear penalty", said Allegri.

Juventus took advantage of Madrid's depleted defense, which had 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo playing alongside Raphael Varane.

Sami Khedira hung a deep cross to the back post where Mandzukic powered a header past Navas.

A routine cross from Costa on the right hand side was seemingly swept up by Navas in the Madrid goal in what looked like a routine grab.

To say the next thirty minutes were tense would be an understatement, but there was to be even more late drama at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.



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