Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Last-gasp Ronaldo goal sees Real Madrid through

Last-gasp Ronaldo goal sees Real Madrid through

Juve's substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came on but Ronaldo blasted into the top corner in the 98th minute to score for the 10th game running in this season's competition, sending Real into the semi-finals for a record-extending eighth year in a row.

Unbelievably the Turin giants score a third to level the tie on the hour mark, as midfielder Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a bad error by home goalkeeper Keylor Navas to score from close-range.

Juve had clawed back a three-goal first-leg deficit at the Bernabeu and it looked as if the game was heading into extra-time until Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Medhi Benatia in the box.

Real Madrid have suffered a number of nervy Champions League moments in recent seasons and could draw on a vast bank of European experience, as they survived a heart-stopping quarter-final second leg against Juventus on Wednesday.

"Lucas was pushed from behind and if the penalty was given, it's a goal". He is hit from behind.

"It wasn't a unusual game, but we didn't expect to concede in the first minute". That is their game.

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It was the first time Madrid was down 3-0 in the Champions League since losing 4-0 at Liverpool in the round of 16 in 2008-09.

While Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests, many other players clashed on the field before Ronaldo ran up to take the spot-kick at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The match got off to a thrilling start with yet another early goal, this time courtesy of Mario Mandzukic after just 1 minute and 15 seconds - the earliest goal ever conceded by Real Madrid in the Champions League. They played well but we were just average, the difference is we kept believing until the end.

Mundo Deportivo claimed Los Blancos have a "Masters in refereeing", insisting: "They are through to the semi-finals in their usual style: a controversial penalty".

The Spaniard was involved in a verbal exchange with Allegri near the final whistle after Ronaldo tucked his penalty away. The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions.

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