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Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus Champions League: match report

Real Madrid rode their luck against Juventus and lost the battle but they won at the death with a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in injury time.
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Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and Juventus FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April

Real Madrid 3-1 Juventus: match report

Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home a penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time to take Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night to Juventus after a remarkable comeback attempt by the Italians. 

(AS' resident ref says Vazquez should not have been awarded a penalty.)

Juve had produced a stunning performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, Mario Mandzukic's brace and a Blaise Matuidi goal putting them 3-0 up in little over an hour, levelling the tie on aggregate after Real's 3-0 victory in Italy last week.

But as extra time loomed, English referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty for a clumsy challenge by Medhi Benatia on Lucas Vazquez in the area.

A furious Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests at the decision, and it wasn't until the 97th minute that Ronaldo was able to take his spot-kick, beating substitute 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny from 12 yards.

Mandzukic twice headed in right-wing crosses at the back post for Juve in the first half, and a horrible Keylor Navas error allowed Matuidi to make it 3-0 on the night in the 61st minute.

Real had looked vulnerable, but the late drama meant they would not suffer an embarrassing exit to match that of rivals Barcelona at the hands of Roma 24 hours earlier.

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It will take something extraordinary to top Cristiano Ronaldo's goal in the first leg as Real Madrid ran out 3-0 winners over Juventus. The Serie A leaders don't have to look to far for inspiration, however, as Roma thumped Barcelona last night to knock the Spaniards out of the Champions League despite trailing after the first leg. Kick-off from the Santiago Bernabeu is at 20:45.

Real Madrid have issues too. Sergio Ramos is suspended, Nacho is injured and Jesus Vallejo is poised to start and play in his first ever game in the Champions League alongside Raphael Varane. Casemiro was an option given Vallejo's own fitness issues but Zidane has faith in the young Spanish defender. Gareth Bale remains on the outside looking in and Isco was rested for the Madrid derby on Sunday with an eye on European football. Modric too, along with Casemiro. Karim Benzema didn't start and Zidane admits that his first choice striker "is having a rough time of it" and might opt for more speed in his side.

Juventus are missing Paulo Dybala after he was sent off against Real Madrid the last time out and Rodrigo Bentacur is also out but Allegri will welcome Miralem Pjanic back into his squad. Giorgio Chiellini says, "For long stretches of the first leg we would have deserved much more than a draw but instead we found ourselves two goals down and a man less". That might be true but they are in the position they are in and need desperately to score the first goal to neutralise the home fans and give Real Madrid a fright.


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