Last-minute Ronaldo goal rescues Real against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo Holds Nerve To Score Last Gasp Penalty And Spare Real Madrid's Blushes Against Battling Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo Holds Nerve To Score Last Gasp Penalty And Spare Real Madrid's Blushes Against Battling Juventus

"We had to change the shape of the team, and it changed the dynamic of the game".

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 5, Daniel Carvajal 5, Raphael Varane 6, Jesus Vallejo 5, Marcelo 5, Casemiro 5, Luca Modric 6, Toni Kroos 6, Isco 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 8, Gareth Bale 6.

The visitors made the dream start as they opened the scoring after just two minutes in the Spanish capital.

Up 3-0 from last week's first leg in Turin, Madrid conceded to Mario Mandzukic's header after 90 seconds, with the Juve forward making it 2-0 on the night with a similar header eight minutes before half-time. However, the goal was ruled out as the Spaniard was judged to have been offside when Ronaldo got his shot away, much to the frustration of the home fans.

Just as he has done so many times before, Ronaldo was the man to pull Madrid out of trouble.

But the Serie A leaders got off to a flawless start when Mario Mandzukic headed in from Sami Khedira's cross after just two minutes and Mandzukic got a second before half-time.

Navas was able to get a palm to it, however was unable to stop the ball from hitting the the back of the net and it certainly was game on from there.

Prior to the game, Ronaldo shared the record with Lionel Messi, who has scored nine goals against Arsenal in the Champions League.


Raphael Varane nearly halved the deficit on the stroke of half-time, but his header crashed back off the bar from Toni Kroos' cross on the left.

In a dramatic match, Juventus had come back to 3-3 in the tie following their 3-0 first-leg defeat, but Ronaldo says Juve's protests, which saw Gianluigi Buffon sent off, were unfounded.

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but it got off to the ideal start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

Another goal for Juventus would have given Madrid a mountain to climb, but in the nerve wracking half hour neither side found the net.

Real Madrid was thinned out in defense, though, after the suspension of Sergio Ramos, which perhaps left a slight crack in the door for a Juventus team that had little to lose by going all out in the attack.

"I don't think he deserved the red card, but I do believe that this doesn't cancel out anything he did in his career".

The penalty was taken eight minutes into stoppage time as it took a while for Oliver to clear the Juventus players who were protesting against the decision.

Ronaldo stepped up as confidently as ever and struck the ball into the top corner to win the match 4-3 on aggregate and ensure their side are still in the semi-final draw to take place at UEFA headquarters on Friday. It was so almost the most remarkable comeback in recent memory from the Italians, however Real Madrid survived the scare and progressed winning 4-3 on aggregate.

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