Juve, Buffon slams 'inadequate' Michael Oliver: 'His heart is a trash bin'

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Incensed by the decision, Chiellini referred to last season's controversial quarter-final between Madrid and Bayern, who lost 4-2 at the Bernabeu and 6-3 on aggregate after Ronaldo's extra-time victor came from an offside position, while Arturo Vidal was sent off.

Unfortunately for them, with extra time just seconds away, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty and after that, they saw their talisman Gianluigi Buffon sent off for his aggressive protests.

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"Michael Oliver, only promoted to the elite group of officials in January, justified the decision with some very strong but correct refereeing in the Bernabeu. But we are happy and we are in the semi-finals".

"Arsene Wenger once told me I was talking rubbish when I said a referee needed courage to give big decisions".

Ronaldo showed great composure to fire the ball past substitute Wojciech Szczesny - who had replaced Buffon after he was sent off for protesting the decision - to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Instant parallels were drawn between the veteran's departure and the playing farewell of Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, who infamously headbutted Marco Materazzi to be red carded in the 2006 FIFA World Cup final before Buffon's Italy beat France on penalties.


"During the game Benatia and the rest constantly kicked us from behind".

But Madrid managed to deny the rallying visitors after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Medhi Benatia - Cristiano Ronaldo stepping up to convert the stoppage-time goal.

"The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I'd be decisive".

The quest for Champions League title No. 1 was well and truly on, but then it wasn't.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, insisted that Oliver was right to award a penalty.

The Brazilian got in a dig at Real Madrid's rivals after a dramatic triumph over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals. If there was ever a sign that lightning might strike twice, it was when Mario Mandzukic scored the early goal Juve so desperately needed after just 76 seconds, the fastest goal ever conceded by the Spanish giants at home in the competition.

"Going back to the game, we are left with the performance the players put in and the awareness that it's different in Europe".

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