Late Ronaldo penalty keeps Real Madrid alive in Champions League

Ronaldo a symbol of Real Madrid like Di Stefano says Zidane

Today Madrid could have scored more, but Buffon and the others did well.

Juventus couldn't have asked for a better start when they broke the deadlock in under two minutes.

On Wednesday morning, Madrid newspaper Marca had revelled in Barcelona's collapse against Roma the night before with the headline "Total Failure", but Zinedine Zidane's side came within a whisker of trumping that with an emphatic loss on their own patch.

"In football and in life you never know what can happen, and to go there and put on a good display, even in view of next year, would be important".

However, Oliver awarded Real a penalty after Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Medhi Benatia. From there, Juve were looking strong enough to go the distance by winning the tie in extra-time.

It had all been going so well, too. With the game heading into extra time, Oliver made the sort of call a referee is long remembered for and it's safe to say he should probably cancel any scheduled trips to Turin. But it was a clumsy challenge by Benatia, who walked a fine line between brilliant and overzealous throughout the night. "There was anger at that moment, and Buffon's red card came".


Ronaldo also became the first player in Champions League history to score in 11 straight matches in the competition, while his goal extending his scoring streak to 11 matches across all competitions.

Ronaldo struck the decisive goal from the spot to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory for holders Madrid, who survived a stirring Juve comeback in dramatic fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Then there were the two goals in Cardiff last June, which formed part of Real's 4-1 win against Juventus in the final that denied Buffon that elusive winner's medal once again.

Real conceded the opener after just 76 seconds, the fastest they have ever conceded at home in the Champions League.

Oliver could have sent off any one of five or six Juventus players following the melee that ensued but Buffon was front and centre of it, so he paid the price. For Juventus, and Buffon in particular, it will always represent what might have been.

Mario Mandzukic, Juventus: Without Paulo Dybala, it was up to the Croatian to serve as the reference point, which he did with aplomb.

Former Arsenal 'keeper Wojciech Szczęsny came off the bench to face Ronaldo from the penalty spot, but unsurprisingly, the Madrid man produced the flawless penalty, firing high into the net to put his side into the last four of the competition.

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