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Late Ronaldo penalty takes Real Madrid into semis after valiant Juventus fightback OSCAR DEL POZO AFP
Sergio Cook | 16 April, 2018, 11:59

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the first player in Champions League history to score in 11 straight games, and has put Real Madrid on his back to lead them to their record 13th Champions League semifinal.

To say Juventus were unable would be the biggest understatement of the season. "Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don't give him the penalty, it's a goal". He is hit from behind. The referee's decision to award a penalty kick in favour of Real Madrid against Benatia's push on Lucas' back. That is their game.

Just as Juve looked to have sensationally taken their quarter-final to extra time at the Bernabeu, Ronaldo took a maximum-pressure penalty to help Real Madrid survive the most unexpected of scares.

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, sent off for his furious protests over the decision, bitterly criticised referee Michael Oliver immediately after the match, saying he was out of his depth and should have been in the stands eating crisps.

Mario Mandzukic scored twice in the first half before Blaise Matuidi scored another goal after the break to wipe out Madrid's three-goal advantage from the first leg. If you missed what happened in Tuesday night's games there is a recap here. We need to get over this hard moment and move forwards.

Perhaps unfairly, an irate Gianluigi Buffon was showed a red card for arguing the call, and Wojciech Szczesny was brought on to try to save Juventus' comeback hopes.

Zinedine Zidane has warned Real Madrid not to underestimate Malaga when his side take on La Liga's bottom club on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Despite this, the 33-year-old got his opportunity to make the difference right at the end, after calmly slotting in the match-winning penalty in the 97th minute.

'Real Madrid go through to the semi-finals loyal to their style, with a doubtful penalty in the 93rd minute, ' added the same newspaper.

Zidane refused to reveal his thoughts on the penalty award and believed there had been "too much" made of the incident, instead concerning himself with preparations for Madrid's return to league action.

"Life goes on. I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".

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