I Don't Understand Protest By Juventus; Lucas Was Pushed - Ronaldo

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Real Madrid reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in midweek as Cristiano Ronaldo came to their rescue to fire them past Juventus with an injury-time penalty victor.

While Juventus players raged at the awarding of the penalty, Marca's front page simply reads "It was a penalty!", with a picture of Medhi Benatia appearing to push Lucas Vazquez from behind.

Gazzetta dello Sport insisted the "furious" Bianconeri "dominated" Real Madrid and were only eliminated only because of a controversial penalty.

"Everyone can decide what they want, if it's a penalty or not".

After Juventus successfully levelled the tie at 3-3 (on aggregate), against all odds, the tie seemed destined for extra-time only for Michael Oliver to award Real a penalty deep into injury-time.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane also had little sympathy for the Italians.

The spot kick, one of Ronaldo's finest, of course found the back of the net, just as the look of intense concentration on his face promised it would.


Karim Benzema might not be at his best at the moment but in games of this magnitude the Frenchman has proven he is still a top player in the Champions League.

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

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.

Real takes a 3-0 lead into Wednesday's quarterfinal second leg at home to Juventus after the Portuguese scored twice last week in Turin, a double that included a sensational bicycle kick.

We saw 90 minutes of an awesome game with such a fearless effort from Juventus coming back from 3 goals down away from home and leveling it in Madrid. I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident. 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.

That is how quickly a tie can turn on its head in the Champions League and, suddenly, the defending champions were running the risk of catastrophe against a Juve side with absolutely nothing to lose.

"You could tell at the time it wasn't a penalty, but seeing the footage back it's just laughable".

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