Media React to Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Win over Juventus

16 April, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Cristiano Ronaldo's contentious late penalty gets Real Madrid out of Champions League jail

Cristiano Ronaldo says that Juventus should have no complaints with the controversial penalty decision which dumped them out of the Champions League.

Ramos made his way down to the sidelines for a fraught half of football that saw Juve draw level, on aggregate, at 3-3 when Blaise Matuidi took advantage of a goalkeeping ricket to poke the ball home.

The manner of the loss, with Juve fighting back, coming so close to extra time and losing to a late Ronaldo penalty has triggered an emotional reaction among those associated with Madrid and Juventus.

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

But Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the 93rd minute - and Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests. That is their game.

Boss Zinedine Zidane may therefore opt to rotate his squad for Sunday's league clash at La Rosaleda, although the Frenchman would be wise to think twice before leaving out star man Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Madrid have been drawn to face Bayern Munich in the semi-final, with the first leg taking place at the Allianz Arena on April 25.

It was the first time Madrid was down 3-0 in the Champions League since losing 4-0 at Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2008-09.

In a scintillating first half, Mario Mandzukic had scored with two far-post headers from right-wing crosses as Juventus looked to become the second Italian side in consecutive nights to overturn a three-goal deficit, following Roma's dramatic comeback against Barcelona.

Zidane refused to reveal his thoughts on the penalty award and believed there had been "too much" made of the incident, instead concerning himself with preparations for Madrid's return to league action.

The 32-year-old should never have been allowed on the sidelines, however. Juventus players stormed toward English referee Michael Oliver, who apparently had help from his behind-the-goal assistant to make the call. "I knew it would be a decisive penalty, thank God I scored and we went through".

"We have to react quickly from this blow because we still have titles to play for", he said.

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