Champions League: Ronaldo sets record in 3-1 loss to Juventus

Tyler Owen
April 16, 2018

Madrid needed to find a way to stay alive in the Champions League against Juventus and it did with a determined performance that culminated with Ronaldo's injury-time penalty in a 3-1 loss that was just enough for a 4-3 aggregate win.

Madrid beat Juventus 4-3 on aggregate, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo victor from the penalty spot in the 97th minute.

While the changes resulted in more possession for the hosts, the Bernabeu remained on edge and the apprehension was borne out at the hour mark, as a Navas blunder set up Blaise Matuidi to level the aggregate score at 3-3.

"I really don't understand why they were protesting, but football is like that", he said. "Lucas [Vazquez] was brought down from behind and if they don't give him the penalty, it's a goal", Ronaldo added. He is hit from behind.

It was the right call, although when Medhi Benatia made contact with Lucas Vazquez on the edge of the six-yard area it was the sort of challenge that on another night with another ref might have gone unpunished. That is their game.

Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what might be his last Champions League appearance, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver after awarding the spot-kick, for foul and abusive language.

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With Barcelona dramatically exiting the competition to AS Roma on Tuesday, after surrendering a three-goal advantage from the first leg, there was a real possibility Madrid would suffer the same fate.

I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute.

Real Madrid have qualified to the semifinals of the Uefa Champions League for the 7th time running beating Juventus to do so after the two legs.

"He's a big game player", the pundit said on ITV's Champions League highlights show.

Zidane refused to reveal his thoughts on the penalty award and believed there had been "too much" made of the incident, instead concerning himself with preparations for Madrid's return to league action.

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