Late Ronaldo penalty puts Madrid into CL semifinals

Dean Simpson
April 16, 2018

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo did not understand Juventus players protest over penalty, ESPN reported.

Real were missing influential captain Sergio Ramos through suspension and Mandzukic headed Juventus in front when the game was only 76 seconds old, meeting a sumptuous cross from former Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. He is hit from behind.

"We did badly, not so much in goal-scoring opportunities, but in just controlling the game". That is their game.

"We should face and we did everything possible to go through", the Brazil global full-back said.

After Juventus successfully levelled the tie at 3-3 (on aggregate), against all odds, the tie seemed destined for extra-time only for Michael Oliver to award Real a penalty deep into injury-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid goalscorer: "My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive".

And he slammed home the spot-kick to knock Juventus out after Gianluigi Buffon had been sent off for protesting in what is likely his last-ever Champions League match.

Just as the Blancos began to feel more comfortable, Mandzukic struck again, beating keeper Keylor Navas with a header to bring Juventus within one goal on aggregate.

"The beauty of football is that everything can happen". However, they needed a controversial penalty kick deep into stoppage-time to secure the win with the Italian giants leading 3-0 on the night.

The Champions League semi final draw will be made on Friday afternoon and none of the other three teams would be overly keen on facing reigning champions Real Madrid.

The Spaniard was involved in a verbal exchange with Allegri near the final whistle after Ronaldo tucked his penalty away.

AS admitted the European champions went from "the panic to the semi-finals", while Marca simply believed: "It was a penalty".

"I had to make changes, as I wasn't happy with the way we were playing".

Ronaldo set another new record, becoming the first to score in 11 straight Champions League matches.

Defender Dani Carvajal agreed that the referee gave the correct decision for the foul on Lucas Vasquez. "It's going to be hard, but we're going there to win and they are going to make the most of it".

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