Juventus protests as late penalty saves Real Madrid's blushes

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and a Sprite".

Amidst the swarm of Juventus players surrounding Oliver, and Buffon at the front of them, Ronaldo kept his cool.

It was Buffon's first red card of his career in the Champions League and talk immediately turned to the iconic goalkeeper's future, with the Italy worldwide yet to decide whether he will retire at the end of the season.

"I want to say the duty we have tomorrow is to erase that 3-0 which was a very hard result".

In the other game in Munich, Bayern Munich was held to a goalless draw by Sevilla, but the Germans went through on the 2-1 advantage they scored in the first leg. During the game, Benatia and the rest of them had already been kicking us from behind.

Ronaldo exhaled and slammed it into the top right-hand corner to take Real into the semifinals.

Just as he has done so many times before, Ronaldo was the man to pull Madrid out of trouble. We didn't play well, we have to admit. "But we can not change it". "It shows that nothing is a given in football, you have to fight until the end".

But as the match wore on, an upset similar in scope to Roma's feats on Tuesday night against Barcelona suddenly looked a possibility, when Blaise Matuidi's capitalizing on a goalmouth fumble to poke home from short range sparked hope among the traveling fans.

Buffon had been having a brilliant game, saving low from Welshman Gareth Bale and reacting sharply to keep out efforts from Isco and Ronaldo.

Juventus manager Max Allegri admits he has a "bitter taste" after the controversial last-gasp defeat by Real Madrid, but said it is useless to cry about it.

Real continued to push for the goal they needed to qualify for the next round and found their chance in the dying moments of the game.

Maybe Oliver should have swallowed his whistle and not made the call at such a late juncture, thus allowing the two sides to decide this epic contest in extra time. Soccer can be cruel, and it's beyond cruel that the one thing missing from the Italian's resume is a Champions League winner's medal.

"Not clear-cut. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you can not award that at this point", he said. When that happens, heads drop and the opposition gain in confidence. Ronaldo, ever happy to take on the role of pantomime villain, never looked like missing.

  • Julie Sanders