Real Madrid vs Juventus — UEFA Match preview

Real Madrid vs Juventus — UEFA Match preview

Real Madrid vs Juventus — UEFA Match preview

Should stand. With AP Photos. "But Madrid are happy and in the semifinals".

In the first leg Max Allegri's men had been thoroughly outclassed, a spectacular performance by Cristiano Ronaldo capped by an overhead kick goal that only he could score.

It was the second unlikely comeback by an Italian side against a Spanish team in as many days following Roma's 3-0 defeat over Barcelona on Tuesday to go through on the away goals rule on a 4-4 aggregate.

The last match in the Frenchman's glorious career, of course, saw him sent off for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, the game which saw Italy win a penalty shootout thanks to a certain goalkeeper called Buffon. You have to take the initiative. "Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will see who gets to play. But in the end we deserved to advance". With disaster impending, it was a good time to finally find focus.

Ronaldo stepped up to beat Wojciech Szczesny after a long delay, continuing his incredible run of scoring in every match of this season's Champions League on his 150th appearance in the competition.

Real Madrid trailed Juventus 3-0, as Wednesday's match at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spain rolled into extra time.

"Life goes on", Buffon said. "It's a shame it ends like this".

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Madrid will face either Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in the final four.

Although Juventus ended up a beaten side on aggregate, it was Mario Mandzukic who made the major difference in earning their win on the night. Ronaldo was given a yellow card after removing his shirt in celebration. Today Madrid could have scored more, but Buffon and the others did well.

However, Mehdi Benatia's clumsy challenge on Lucas Vazquez conceded a penalty three minutes into injury time.

"He is intelligent", Zidane said about Ronaldo's substitution.

"I do not understand why they are protesting", the Portugal superstar told beIN SPORTS. How we wound up with that result didn't come short of controversies.

The two juggernauts of European football will lock horns for the 21st time in the history of the Champions League.

For neutrals to indulge in what probably amounts to fantasy, though, there are at least some realistic ways it could get close; if Juventus got an early goal, if Real's defence suddenly looks a bit suspect without the absent Sergio Ramos. Keylor Navas failed to collect a cross into the box and Matuidi was in the right place at the right time to poke the ball home for an improbable equaliser.

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