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REACTION: Juventus players 'furious', confronted Real Madrid stars and officials

REACTION: Juventus players 'furious', confronted Real Madrid stars and officials

Madrid had won 3-0 in the first leg in Turin last week, when Ronaldo scored one of his two goals with an incredible overhead kick.

But if Real's hero lived up to his reputation, for Juventus their living legend Gianluigi Buffon ended the night in shame, the veteran goalkeeper receiving a red card from referee Michael Oliver for abusive language after the English official had awarded the hosts their last-gasp spot-kick.

Real Madrid recorded a 3-1 win over Juventus at the Bernabeu to head through to the last four 4-3 on aggregate.

"I don't understand the protest by Juventus", Ronaldo told newsmen. "If he's not fouled, Lucas scores".

Madrid have been drawn to face Bayern Munich in the semi-final, with the first leg taking place at the Allianz Arena on April 25.

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.

Juventus had become the first-ever side to come back from 3-0 behind away from home in the Champions League knockout stages.

It was Juventus that got a rather surprise early opener in the 2nd minute as Sami Khedira produced a attractive lofted cross into the box, where Mario Mandzukic rose highest to head the ball straight under the crossbar and beyond the goalkeeper to make the scoreline. 0 - 1.

It is no surprise that Real Madrid are through to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the eighth consecutive time.

They also claimed the referee "punished" them with a controversial penalty and the sending off of Buffon.

"I don't think that he deserves to go out in this way, but there's no going back on it now".

The Coach made some surprising decisions, using 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo in defence for suspended Sergio Ramos and picking Gareth Bale rather than Karim Benzema.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid goalscorer: "My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive".

Zidane refused to reveal his thoughts on the penalty award and believed there had been "too much" made of the incident, instead concerning himself with preparations for Madrid's return to league action. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped and smashed the penalty kick past the visitor's substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to seal the win.


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