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

Real Madrid v Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon unhappy with referee Michael Oliver

Real Madrid v Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon unhappy with referee Michael Oliver

But there was late drama with referee Michael Oliver awarding Madrid a penalty for Mehdi Benatia's foul on Lucas Vazquez.

"We started with little chance of doing so, which was understandable after the first leg". Was there a subconscious temptation to watch and wait, in the hope that it might all be decided in the return leg where Juve might have hoped to snatch a goal that would see them through?

Gareth Bale - preferred to Karim Benzema in attack - forced a smart stop from Buffon, the Wales star sending the loose ball into the side netting with an improvised backheel.

One insane minute, at the end of an incredible Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, perfectly summed up the contrasting fortunes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gianluigi Buffon in club football's most prestigious competition.

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Cristiano Ronaldo then stepped up to coolly place the 97th-minute penalty into the top corner.

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid boss, would have recognised better than anyone the poignant nature of all this. Just after Mandzukic got his second goal, Raphael Varane rattled the crossbar with a header to which Buffon got his fingertips.

Buffon took his protests too far and was sent off by the English referee before Ronaldo showed great composure to fire his penalty past Szczesny to send the defending champions through to the semi-finals.

On the head-to-head between Madrid and Juventus overall, 20 matches have been played with Madrid having 10 wins and Juventus eight and two draws; at home, Real have won four of the last six meetings with Juventus drew one and lost one.

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"I don't know if this will be Gigi's last Champions League game but there were three seconds left and we were close to a historical result, something he saw slip from his fingers".

And after Gianluigi Buffon was dramatically sent off for remonstrating, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the all-important goal for Real to progress.

Buffon's red card could bring a bad-tempered end to a magnificent Champions League career, with the 40-year-old Italian expected to retire in the summer. "The important thing is to try and ensure this isn't Juve's last game in the Champions League this season". There are always surprises in the Champions League.

After the game, Buffon said of Oliver: "Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish".

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