Ronaldo Sends Real Through After Thrilling Juve Fightback

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates the goal which sent Real Madrid through

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed that his side deserved to progress to the Champions League semi finals after winning 4-3 on aggregate.

Bianconeri centre-half Medhi Benatia had his hands on Real winger Lucas Vazquez's back as he sought to prevent the Spaniard from scoring and while there wasn't much contact, the spot-kick was awarded, much to the disbelief of Juve and in particular, Gianluigi Buffon.

That was until Premier League referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial penalty and sent off Gianluigi Buffon for his reaction. Mario Mandzukic scored the first after just two minutes, heading home Sami Khedira's deft lofted pass, and the Croatian doubled Juventus's advantage on 38 minutes, this time powering home Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross with his head.

"Thank God I scored", he told reporters after the game.

Ramos has already seen 24 red cards in a Real Madrid shirt. The Italian club was indebted to striker Mario Mandzukic, who put the team ahead nearly as soon as the match had started with a powerful header, before replicating the feat nearly exactly 35 minutes later. Substitutes: Stephan Lichtsteiner (for De Sciglio, 17) 7, Wojciech Szczesny (for Buffon, 90) 3.

Giorgio Chiellini said Juventus should not be surprised by their dramatic Champions League exit against Real Madrid as Bayern Munich experienced the same last season.

The Serie A giants had fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to pull level, but with extra-time looming Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clinch a insane win via the penalty spot.

Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez tries to challenge Juventus Alex Sandro
Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez tries to challenge Juventus Alex Sandro

The victory means that the European champions have now made it to the Champions League semi-finals for the eighth consecutive season, a record for the competition. Los Blancos are favourites to left the trophy for a third consecutive campaign.

"What happened to Barcelona wasn't going to happen to us because we're Real Madrid".

"We can't change that, but I'll always defend my players".

The match looked destined for extra time until the referee's penalty decision.

The penalty came as Vazquez was in position to score in front of the goal after Ronaldo headed down a cross into the area.

"I am happy and we are in the semi-finals".


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