Marcelo: 'Real Madrid's semi-final spot never in doubt'

On Wednesday night, Juventus looked on course to cause a major European upset on as they overturned last week's 3-0 defeat against Real Madrid. Nothing is handed to you in football, you have to fight until the end. We didn't play well, we have to admit.

And the greatest drama of all came in the third minute of added time, when referee Michael Oliver saw a push on Madrid substitute Lucas Vazquez by Juve defender Mehdi Banatia, with the English official sending off Buffon before Ronaldo hammered the spot kick into the net to send the defending champions through to the last four.

The Italian veteran, who is set to leave Juventus at the end of the season, was given a standing ovation from the home fans as he walked off the pitch in what is likely to be his last act in a long and eventful career in the Champions League.

Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have taken down Lucas Vazquez in the penalty box as the Madrid winger attempted to get on the end of a Cristiano Ronaldo header back across the area.

Juventus were left with what Gazzetta dello Sport described as a mixture of pride and anger after their extraordinary Champions League comeback against Real Madrid was thwarted by a contentious injury-time penalty.

The penalty was taken 8 minutes into stoppage time as it took a while for Oliver to clear the Juventus players who were protesting against the decision.

Spanish website Diario Gol reports that Barcelona players feel Oliver made the right decision, though sympathise with Juventus.

However, Goal understands that Real Madrid are not at all concerned about a ban for Ramos because he never actually set foot on the turf of the field, with the club believing that there is no rule stating that he can't be in the tunnel.

  • Stacy Allen