Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Juventus star reveals reason behind anger for penalty decision against Real Madrid

Juventus star reveals reason behind anger for penalty decision against Real Madrid

While Juventus had an unbelievable comeback and defeated Madrid in the second leg, it is Real Madrid to go to the top four (aggregate: 4-3) of the Champions League this season.

A first half brace from Mario Madzukic and Blaise Matuidi's second half goal looked to be sending the Champions League quarter-final into extra-time but English referee Michael Oliver awarded a late penalty for Medhi Benatia's clumsy tackle on Lucas Vasquez.

While Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests, many other players clashed on the field before Ronaldo ran up to take the spot-kick at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Isco had a goal correctly disallowed for offside soon after as Real pushed for a killer fourth goal in the tie, with Buffon blocking well at his near post from Isco soon before Juventus' second.

"It was a very long game and it serves as a lesson that in football nothing is guaranteed and that we have to fight until the end", Ronaldo said.

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"We suffered, but we need to learn from this".

"What happened to Barca was never going to happen to us, we're Real Madrid", said the Brazilian, channelling 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.

But Ronaldo, in his 150th Champions League appearance, then netted his 120th goal in the competition by converting the penalty with a firm shot into the top corner.

Real, who had lost only one of their last 40 Champions League matches at home, went behind after 76 seconds when Mandzukic met Sami Khedira's cross to head powerfully in.

The Bavarian powerhouse, which clinched its sixth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday, progressed to the final four of Europe's premier competition thanks to its 2-1 win in the first leg in Spain.

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Watching from the sidelines, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane could sympathize.

There were a range of opinions splashed across the front pages of the Spanish and Italian newspapers on Thursday after Real Madrid's dramatic Champions League victory over Juventus.

"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 awesome characters who are capable of everything", he said. We're in the semi-finals and we're happy with that. If they didn't provoke the penalty, it would've been a goal.

"Step by step, now we're into the semi-finals".

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