Nobody gave Juventus much of a chance headed into Wednesday’s tilt.
Real Madrid’s weaknesses have been exposed in this tie about how shaky they are at the back and how they can succumb to pressure.
The game looked to be heading for extra time before a chaotic final few minutes saw even the calmest of players lose control.
He added to the lead with another header before halftime, and Blaise Matuidi scored the third early in the second half after a blunder by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. However, Juventus were able to three goals in the first 60 minutes of the game to draw the tie level and rule out Madrid’s advantage.
The Portuguese has been at his devastating best in the competition this season to silence his doubters after a poor start to the domestic campaign and there was an air of inevitability that he would have the final say at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“It was a really tough match and it’s a lesson that football doesn’t gift you anything”. You have to fight until the last and tonight Real Madrid should have scored more but Buffon was brilliant, Juve were good, but we deserved it. We didn’t play well, we have to admit. Cristiano puts his penalties away most of the time.
And they also thought Madrid were rightly awarded a penalty when Mehdi Benatia fouled Lucas Vazquez in stoppage time. The goalkeeper will have cooled down by this morning and regret what he said about Michael Oliver. He did. No doubt that Vazquez sold it, and that the Spaniard went down far too easily. However, they were made to work hard for their progress to the last four this time around by Sevilla. “The penalty? It was very clear”.
Oliver’s decision was not as poor as Buffon claimed.
The legendary Italian shot-stopper earned himself a straight red card for his trouble, and Wojciech Szczesny came on to replace him.
Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot, and Los Blancos earned a 4-3 aggregate win to make their way into the Champions League semi-finals.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli urged the introduction of VAR to the Champions League, but Chiellini felt that missed the point in this case.
After Barcelona let a 4-1 first-leg lead slip away to Roma on Tuesday to crash out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion, Real Madrid nearly followed them with an even worse capitulation on Wednesday.