Ronaldo: I Don't Understand Why Juventus Protested Correct Penalty Decision

Aubrey Yates
April 15, 2018

Tempers flared during Real Madrid and Juventus' UEFA Champions League clash following Cristiano Ronaldo's last-minute penalty on Wednesday, which reportedly led to some players clashing in the tunnel after the game.

Another Madrid-based publication, AS, goes with "from panic to the semi-finals" with contrasting views of the penalty from Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off for his protestations, and Ronaldo.

But Madrid managed to deny the rallying visitors after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Medhi Benatia - Cristiano Ronaldo stepping up to convert the stoppage-time goal.

Ronaldo has scored 21 goals in his last 11 matches in all competitions, and has netted in 11 straight Champions League matches.

He said: "I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute".

"We suffered and this will help us to learn".

Real Madrid searched for the first home goal of the tie and Isco forced Buffon into another good save as he turned the shot past the post for a corner from which Varane's shot on the turn sailed wide.

Real were missing influential captain Sergio Ramos through suspension and Mandzukic headed Juventus in front when the game was only 76 seconds old, meeting a sumptuous cross from former Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

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"I didn't see us going out because I'm a positive person".

The crowd at the Bernabeu stadium, perhaps remembering the ovation Juventus fans gave Ronaldo after his spectacular bicycle kick goal in the first leg, cheered the Italian veteran as he walked off the pitch.

They also claimed the referee "punished" them with a controversial penalty and the sending off of Buffon. He doesn't feel pressure.

Only four days earlier, Juventus had benefitted from two penalties - the second after Juve forward Gonzalo Higuain's legs crumpled without any apparent contact from his marker - to win 4-2 at Benevento in Serie A.

Real have endured a poor season so far in La Liga, sitting fourth in the table and 15 points adrift of runaway leaders Barca, who capitulated on Tuesday night to go out of the Champions League.

"There is nothing left to say".

MUNICH (AP) - Bayern Munich reached its sixth Champions League semifinal in seven seasons with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in the second leg of their quarterfinal on Wednesday. "We can only just keep doing what we are doing, keep doing our work. We deserved to go through to the semis, which is what interests me most".

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