Late Ronaldo penalty puts Madrid into CL semifinals

Late Ronaldo penalty puts Madrid into CL semifinals

With substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny on the goal line, Ronaldo sent a blast into the top corner to win the tie for Real Madrid with his 15th goal of the current Champions League campaign.

Similar to what happened to Barcelona on Tuesday night, Madrid almost got eliminated from the tournament after conceding three goals at the Santiago Bernabeu but for the timely intervention of Portuguese forward who scored a penalty to push the team through.

Juve's players protested vociferously and Gianluigi Buffon was shown the red card in what may well have been his final Champions League game, the 40-year-old applauded off the pitch by both sets of fans.

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.

"I don't understand the protest by Juventus", Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

Real Madrid will be the semi-finals for the eighth successive time.

Wednesday's thrilling encounter ranks alongside three other close-shaves for Madrid in the competition's quarter-finals.

Ultimately, Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty to send his team to the semifinals.

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After sacking Alan Pardew at the start of the month, Darren Moore has been handed the West Brom until the end of the season. Mourinho told reporters, "I won eight titles and I am not on the moon because I won against Manchester City ".

Having seen the Madrid press revel in Barcelona's shock exit to Roma on Tuesday, the Barcelona-based newspapers might have thought they could be enjoying some schadenfreude as Real looked to be on the ropes against Juventus.

'We should face and we did everything possible to go through, ' he said.

"Real Madrid could have scored more goals today, but Juventus and Buffon were great".

'Real Madrid go through to the semi-finals loyal to their style, with a doubtful penalty in the 93rd minute, ' added the same newspaper.

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus boss: "The penalty, the referee saw that and gave the penalty".

However, he could not resist pointing out that his team were denied a spot kick for a similar challenge on Juan Cuadrado in stoppage time of the first leg.

"I don't think that he deserves to go out in this way, but there's no going back on it now".

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