Real Madrid v Juventus – story of the match
Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury time penalty sealed Real’s place in the Champions League semi-finals after a dramatic night at the Bernabeu.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury time penalty to book Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League semi-finals after losing the second leg 3-1, but winning the tie 4-3 on aggregate.
Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid’s three-goal advantage from the first leg with Mario Mandzukic scoring twice before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 after an hour.
But with the tie heading towards extra-time, Madrid were awarded a penalty following Mehdi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas.
Gianluigi Buffon was shown a red card by Michael Oliver for protesting the decision, leaving Ronaldo to score his 41st goal of the season from the spot past substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Tweet of the match
Dios mio. Iffy penalty for Real Madrid in the last second and Buffon shown red in his last Champions League game for pushing the ref. Ronaldo scores of course. Absolutely mental.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 11, 2018
Just as he has done so many times before, Ronaldo was the man to pull Madrid out of trouble. His 41st goal of the season spared Real’s blushes after Juventus had come from 3-0 down from the first leg to level the tie at 3-3.
Moment of the match
The injury time penalty ensured the tie ended with fitting drama, Ronaldo beating substitute keeper Szczesny from the spot after Buffon was sent off when his protests at the spot-kick became too heated for referee Oliver.
Stat of the day
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 5, Daniel Carvajal 5, Raphael Varane 6, Jesus Vallejo 5, Marcelo 5, Casemiro 5, Luca Modric 6, Toni Kroos 6, Isco 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 8, Gareth Bale 6. Substitutes: Lucas Vasquez (for Casemiro, 45) 6, Marco Asensio (for Bale, 45) 6, Mateo Kovacic (for Modric, 75) 6.
Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon 7, Mattia De Sciglio 7, Mehdi Benatia 7, Giorgio Chiellini 7, Alex Sandro 7, Sami Khedira 7, Miralem Pjanic 6, Blaise Matuidi 7, Douglas Costa 7, Gonzalo Higuain 6, Mario Mandzukic 8. Substitutes: Stephan Lichtsteiner (for De Sciglio, 17) 7, Wojciech Szczesny (for Buffon, 90) 3.
Who’s up next?
Malaga v Real Madrid (La Liga, Sunday, April 15)
Juventus v Sampdoria (Serie A, Sunday, April 15)