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UCL Review: Real Madrid stuns Juventus in 93rd minute

UCL Review: Real Madrid stuns Juventus in 93rd minute

'What happened to Barcelona wasn't going to happen to us because we're Real Madrid'. "I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".

Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid's three-goal advantage from the first leg with Mario Mandzukic scoring twice before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 after an hour.

Referee Michael Oliver shows a red auto to Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, who scored his 120th Champions League goal before celebrating with his shirt off in front of the Real fans, admitted he had to calm himself down before stepping up for the memorable victory. But Juventus' heroics came up just short after substitute Lucas Vazquez appeared to be pushed from behind inside the area in the third and final minute of stoppage time.

Juventus doubled their lead nearly identically in the 37 minute, early substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner whipped in an inviting cross to the far post for Mandzukic to rise above Dani Carvajal and stab home.

Juventus were left with what Gazzetta dello Sport described as a mixture of pride and anger after their extraordinary Champions League comeback against Real Madrid was thwarted by a contentious injury-time penalty.




Only in that instant were the Madrid supporters able to leave behind the worst scare that one remembers in the history of Real Madrid. Regrets for a dream which only vanished thanks to a very questionable penalty in the 52nd minute of the second half, with Buffon sent-off for his protests and the Bernabeu terrorised by an elimination which hadn't even been considered.

Instant parallels were drawn between the veteran's departure and the playing farewell of Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, who infamously headbutted Marco Materazzi to be red carded in the 2006 World Cup final before Buffon's Italy beat France on penalties. During the game, Benatia and the rest were constantly kicking us from behind.

Madrid had conceded three goals at home only two other times this season, in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona and a 6-3 win over Girona.

"At halftime I told them things had to change and we couldn't continue like this". Not about the penalty because that's down to interpretation, for me it is and the referee gave it, but the stuff about the robbery.

The Portuguese's successful strike sent Los Blancos into the semi-finals of the tournament, much to the dismay of the Juve and their travelling supporters. He scored the penalty and we got the win. "That said, over the course of the two legs, I think both teams deserved to go through".