Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Allegri, Zidane on opposite ends regarding penalty call

Allegri, Zidane on opposite ends regarding penalty call

Buffon has never won the Champions League, being on the losing end in three finals, including last year's defeat to Real Madrid.

"We should not talk now, we are in the semis, happy with that, and that's all. I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it".

"We have suffered, we can learn, the game is worth a lesson".

Mario Mandzukic set Juve on their way with a goal after 76 seconds - the fastest Real have ever conceded in this competition - and then scored again before halftime with another header at the back post.

Former Arsenal 'keeper Wojciech Szczęsny came off the bench to face Ronaldo from the penalty spot, but unsurprisingly, the Madrid man produced the flawless penalty, firing high into the net to put his side into the last four of the competition.

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"Juve played well, but we believed to the end and over the two legs deserved to go through". The goal was enough to give the two-time defending champion a 4-3 aggregate win and avoid nerve-racking extra time after the Italian side had erased a seemingly insurmountable deficit from the first leg.

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

Massimiliano Allegri defended Gianluigi Buffon's reaction after the Juventus captain and goalkeeper was sent off for protesting Real Madrid's stoppage-time penalty in the Champions League.

Juventus looked to have been inspired by AS Roma's comeback against Barcelona and they equalized the score on aggregate when Blaise Matuidi capitalized on a Keylor Navas error to send the Santiago Bernebau faithful in total shock.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 Champions League goals against Juventus - the most by one player against a one opponent in the competition.

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"They told me it was a penalty", he said.

Navas was mightily relieved moments later when a corner was flicked on at the near post by Khedira and struck Mandzukic on the shin before rolling to the Costa Rican.

"What I did not expect is in minute one to score a goal", Zidane said.

The goal was the third of the campaign in the UEFA Champions League.

"The minutes before taking the penalty felt eternal", he said.

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'We should face and we did everything possible to go through, ' said Marcelo.

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