Апреля 21, 2018

Ronaldo thwarts epic Juventus comeback to lead Real Madrid into CL semis

15 Апреля 2018, 07:03 | Joan Schultz



After lagging behind the Galacticos in the first leg of the quarterfinals at their home ground by 3 goals, Juventus made a stunning comeback on Wednesday night at Santiago Bernabeu by levelling the scoreboard.

Juventus centre back, Giorgio Chiellini has slammed referee decisions that favor Real Madrid, after a late penalty saw them crash out of the UCL.

Gazzetta dello Sport insisted the "furious" Bianconeri "dominated" Real Madrid and were only eliminated only because of a controversial penalty.

Fans hailed Ronaldo and Zindane for helping the Galatico's reach the semis and predicted a third consecutive Champions League trophy for the royal club when they spoke to Ghanaweb.com after the game.

And things got worse for Madrid before they got better as Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 following a howler from Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper spilling the ball just yards from goal.

Ranting and railing at the referee with such wild-eyed fury had to be punished with a red card, even if it was Buffon's first in 117 Champions League games and, quite possibly, his last.

However, Oliver awarded Real a penalty after Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Medhi Benatia.

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Mandzukic opened the scoring in the second minute by entering the area behind the Madrid defenders to head in a well-placed right-flank cross by Sami Khedira in what was the fastest ever goal conceded by Madrid at home in the Champions league.

If it is to be the 40-year-old's European farewell, it was a sad way to end. "The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions". He played a flawless ball to the far post, and Mandzukic was able to use his height advantage over Carvajal to bring Juventus within just one goal on aggregate.

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.

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

Only four days earlier, Juventus had benefitted from two penalties - the second after Juve forward Gonzalo Higuain's legs crumpled without any apparent contact from his marker - to win 4-2 at Benevento in Serie A.

"I think you'll find that there is a lot of belief in the Liverpool side now because they are close enough", the Arsenal legend explained.

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