Real Madrid goes through to the semifinals of the UEFA champions’ league following a successful conversion of a late penalty kick by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ambitious Italian side Juventus managed to score three past Real Madrid through Mario Manduzukic’s brace and Matuidi’s second half slayer to strike a balance with Real Madrid’s three first leg goals.
Real Madrid surely forgot to score as Toni Kroos said in an interview with BT sports, and simply because Juventus put in a spirited fight which apparently was leading them to an extra minute.
As expectations were yet to be made, drama, disappointment, frustration filled the Santiago Bernabeau following English referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award a merited soft penalty to Real Madrid due to a hind wrong contact by Medhi Benatia which brought down Lucas Vazquez.
A contentious straight red card was shown to Gianluigi Buffon by the centre referee for his petition that involved abusive words.
Massimiliano Allegri made Gonzalo Higuain a sacrificial lamb as Arsenal on loan goal keeper Wojciech Szczesny came in to stand in Buffon’s place before Ronaldo got the chance to write history in a tensioned and full of pressure atmosphere.
The Portuguese netted an injury time goal that gave Real Madrid the right to go through the semifinals for the eighth consecutive time with a 4-3 aggregate.
Ronaldo’s goal means he has scored in 11 games in a row for Madrid, 41 goals in 28 games this season and 120th goal in 150 champions’ league appearances.
His goal brings to frustration Juventus’ dreams, meanwhile Allegri hoped both sides could settle their differences in the extra time but didn’t happen either.
“I have a bitter taste as we didn’t have the chance to go to extra-time. Both sides would’ve deserved that I think. Small details changed the whole tie unfortunately. I had two more substitutions planned for extra-time and I was confident we could do it.”
Real Madrid together with Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich who played a goalless draw against Sevilla but qualify on an aggregate of 2-1 will wait for the draw to know their opponents on Friday.