Real Madrid v Juventus: Thrills, spills & penalty aches

And on Wednesday night, Real Madrid progressed into the semi-finals in the most controversial of circumstances against Serie A's Juventus.

Twenty-four hours later Real Madrid were on the brink of joining Barca in a quarter-final exit from the Champions League, but in the most dramatic conclusion to a European cup tie imaginable Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty deep into injury time to take the reigning champions into the last four.

The penalty came as Vazquez was in position to score in front of the goal after Ronaldo headed down a cross into the area.

But, just as a thrilling second leg looked to be heading for extra time, English referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a penalty in stoppage time.

"It's embarrassing when people talk about a robbery", AS report said Zidane as saying.

"My preparation for the match does not change", Varane said.

"Games like these are great moments against the biggest clubs in the world". And when you are the best, it creates jealousy.

The crowd at the Bernabeu stadium, perhaps remembering the ovation Juventus fans gave Ronaldo after his spectacular bicycle kick goal in the first leg, cheered the Italian veteran as he walked off the pitch. I get indignant when they say it was a robbery. I told my players we were going to be troubled, that it would be tricky. "We deserved to go through to the semi-finals over the course of the tie and we can be pleased with that".

"It's normal for people to talk".

"We are sad because we played the game we wanted to and past year the same thing happened to Bayern Munich". We're in the semi-finals and we're happy with that.

The much-lauded midfield were well off the pace too, and with all of their eggs in the Champions League basket, it will be a disaster if Real don't 'three peat'.

"So far, we fought for each opportunity to get it - and then to use it is so hard".

"The beauty of football is that everything can happen". Benatia booked and furious Juve players surround the referee, incensed at the decision. But I liked it, it was very exciting, and in the end we went through. All we can do is our own work, try and prepare well.

The visitors were always up against it in Bavaria, as Vincenzo Montella's side had to score at least twice to go through. Buffon launched an astonishing broadside on referee Oliver while Giorgio Chiellini and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli both either hinted at or flatly accused the match officials of some kind of bias.

"He didn't deserve that", he said of Buffon's expulsion.

In the heat of the moment, nearly all of us would have behaved like Buffon. "We must accept his feelings".

Juve made a flawless start and went on to build on the frailties of Los Blancos as the contest headed for extra time.

  • Julie Sanders