Real Madrid progress in Champions League on controversial penalty call

Lawrence Cooper
April 17, 2018

It had been suggested Ronaldo would be given a rest in the wake of Wednesday's dramatic Champions League quarter-final second-leg with Juventus, in which his injury-time penalty secured a 4-3 aggregate win for the holders.

"Master's in refereeing", quipped Mundo Deportivo, an ironic reference to the main news story in Spain this week, which concerns Cristina Cifuentes, the president of the Community of Madrid.

Juventus players were outraged by the decision with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon being dismissed in his final Champions League game.

A story written by Manuel Bruña in Mundo Deportivo caught the attention on Wednesday evening.

The Old Lady midfielder Sami Khedira has explained referee Michael Oliver was not 100 percent sure when he pointed towards the spot kick after Real's Lucas Vasquez went down inside the six yard box following a contact from Medhi Benatia.

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Meanwhile, Sport referred to Oliver's decision as the 'robbery of the century' on its front page. "The lads were marvellous and it was moving; we start again from here, with our heads high, very high", he said.

"My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive", said Ronaldo. "I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".

The Italian veteran, who is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he walked off the pitch in what is likely to be his last act in a long and eventful career in the Champions League.

However, it all ended in frustration for the Spanish side, who lost Correa late on to a straight red card, as Bayern held on to book their place alongside Real Madrid, Liverpool and Roma in Friday's semi-final draw.

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