Cristiano Ronaldo nets controversial late penalty for Real to dash brave Juventus fightback


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 – Mario Mandzukic scored twice before Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 after an hour.But with the tie heading towards extra-time, the home side 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.

Trailing 3-0, Juventus needed a positive start to get back into the tie and Mandzukic gave them the perfect start by heading home Sami Khedira’s lofted cross to the back post with 90 seconds played to make it 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.

Gareth Bale came close to restoring Madrid’s three-goal aggregate lead but his shot was saved by Buffon and Bale’s follow-up back heel found the side netting.In a wide open start to the game, Isco had the ball in the back of Juventus’ net, but the flag was up for offside as he followed up after Buffon spilled Ronaldo’s shot.

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