Madrid Snatches Candy From Juventus In Added Time

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Cristiano Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty to keep Juventus from pulling off another stunning comeback in the quarterfinals of the Champions League as Read Madrid advanced despite a 3-1 home loss on Wednesday.

Madrid won the first leg 3-0 in Turin last week, when Ronaldo scored with a spectacular bicycle kick for his second goal of the match.

English referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial penalty in the 92nd minute and sent off goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for dissent.

Ronaldo then stepped up and duly slotted the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with his team moving into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

We saw 90 minutes of an fantastic game with such a courageous effort from Juventus coming back from 3 goals down away from home and leveling it in Madrid.

'Real Madrid go through to the semi-finals loyal to their style, with a doubtful penalty in the 93rd minute, ' added the same newspaper.

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It drew parallels with Real boss Zinedine Zidane when his France playing career ended with a sending off at the 2006 World Cup final for a headbutt on Italy defender Marco Materazzi.

The 40-year-old was more reflective later, and appeared to confirm that the game, his 117th Champions League appearance, was also his last in the tournament. The crowd got nervous when Mario Mandzukic added his second goal before halftime, and the unlikely comeback was almost complete when Blaise Matuidi scored the third about 15 minutes into the second half.

Zidane was asked about his thoughts on the penalty incident, to which he responded, "It was a penalty, they've told me it was a penalty. We deserved to go through to the semis, which is what interests me most".

"We did badly, not so much in goal-scoring opportunities, but in just controlling the game". "We did not play well, we must admit it, and it should be a lesson for the future", he said.

The Serie A giants had fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to pull level, but with extra-time looming Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clinch a insane win via the penalty spot.

"Pulses were racing, but I calmed myself down. We could've scored five or six goals tonight, so we ought to be proud".

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