Real & Juve Stars Clash In Tunnel

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Medhi Benatia felled Lucas Vazquez in controversial fashion during the closing minutes, prompting referee Michael Oliver to award a last-gasp penalty to Los Blancos.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off after a spat with the referee following the penalty decision and Cristiano Ronaldo slotted home from the spot against replacement Wojciech Szczesny.

Prenderville also relayed a section of La Repubblica's report, in which it said Juventus went from "the dream to the apocalypse". "The four teams in the semifinals could end up winning the title and we are aware of that as we try to make it through to (the final in) Kiev".

The goal gave Real a 4-3 aggregate win after Juventus had recovered from a 3-0 first-leg defeat to level the tie at the Bernabeu.

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

The manner of the loss, with Juve fighting back, coming so close to extra time and losing to a late Ronaldo penalty has triggered an emotional reaction among those associated with Madrid and Juventus. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd.


Gareth Bale, playing his 500th professional match, started up front alongside Cristiano as the Real Madrid coach plumped for a rhombus midfield formation to defend the three-goal advantage from last week's first leg in Turin.

We could've scored more goals, but Juve and Buffon did well. Juve beat us and made things very hard for us with their tactics but our willingness to keep trying to get back in the game eventually gave us our goal. Last season real Madrid beat German team in the quarterfinals, after which Bayern have expressed dissatisfaction with the work of judge Victor Cassano. The defense was sloppy without Sergio Ramos.

Mandzukic's second goal came with another header in the 37th, after Madrid had created a few good scoring opportunities of its own despite looking lost on defense.

Ramos was seen pitch-side in the dugout and in the tunnel when he had no right to be there.

Navas on his best day would have properly handled the cross inside the box but due to lack of concentration he spilled the ball as Matuidi pounced on the error.

Allegri reportedly said of his exchange with the Real captain: "I told Ramos it was a grey-area penalty".

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