Ronaldo Sends Real Through After Thrilling Juve Fightback

Ronaldo Sends Real Through After Thrilling Juve Fightback

Cristiano Ronaldo sent Los Blancos into the final four, however, when he converted from the penalty spot after Medhi Benatia had felled Lucas Vazquez, with the aftermath seeing Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon receive a straight red card. Manduzic's spellbinding headers lit the fire of hope for the Old Lady and Blaise Matuidi's capitalizing of Navas' error was met by deafening silence by Madristas present.

"Since I've been here there's always been a bad performance in this competition and I always believed we would come through", Carvajal said.

Ronaldo finally got the vital goal they had craved to pile more misery on the Italians, who were beaten 4-1 by Madrid in last season's final in Cardiff.

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but they got off to the flawless start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

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With substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny on the goal line, Ronaldo sent a blast into the top corner to win the tie for Real Madrid with his 15th goal of the current Champions League campaign. I replied: "It was a penalty for us in the last minute of the first leg".

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. Unbelievably the Turin giants score a third to level the tie on the hour mark, as midfielder Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a awful error by home goalkeeper Keylor Navas to score from close-range. Real will be joined in the pot by Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma.

"The Champions League is unforgiving and you have to be focused for the entire match", Vazquez said.

The attitude Real put in the second leg was quite different than the first as they were too confident to the tie was going their way.

The front page adds that the referee "invented a non-existent penalty to allow Real Madrid to make it to the semi-finals".

"Semi-finals? Anything can happen in football".

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