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Last second penalty puts Real Madrid into Champions League semi-finals

Last second penalty puts Real Madrid into Champions League semi-finals

Mario Mandzukic's first-half brace stunned the Santiago Bernabeu before a awful error from Keylor Navas saw Blaise Matuidi wipe out what remained of Madrid's commanding 3-0 first-leg advantage.

Former Spanish ref Eduardo Iturralde insists Real Madrid did NOT deserve their decisive penalty in victory over Champions League opponents Juventus.

That goal means that Ronaldo extended his record to 11 games with a goal in the Champions League.

Marcelo has aimed a dig at Barcelona over their Champions League exit after Real Madrid squeezed past Juventus on Wednesday evening.

"I want to say the duty we have tomorrow is to erase that 3-0 which was a very hard result".

Trailing 3-0, Juventus needed a positive start to get back into the tie and Mandzukic gave the Bianconeri the flawless start by heading home Sami Khedira's lofted cross to the back post with 90 seconds played to make it 1-0 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate. "It shows that nothing is a given in football, you have to fight until the end".

And after scoring his 120th Champions League goal, which sent Madrid into the last four for the eighth year in a row after they had fallen 3-0 down on home soil, Ronaldo was left baffled by the Juve fury regarding the decision.

The penalty came as Vazquez was in position to score in front of the goal after Ronaldo headed down a cross into the area.

Bernabeu is Real Madrid fortress and not many teams tasted victories at this handsome venue. Either way, the referee called it and we can not change it, but I think it is a penalty and that is it.

He told reporters: "I do not understand why they are protesting, they pushed Lucas from behind, if they do not foul him, it is a goal". That was why we made a few changes at the break.

"We didn't expect to concede an early goal like that", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

That save proved to be crucial as three minutes later Mandzukic scored with another back post header, this time from Lichtsteiner's cross from the right.

Despite being on the receiving end of numerous Real Madrid attacks, the Italians were well organized defensively. Again Mandzukic jumped higher than Dani Carvajal as he nodded between Navas' right hand and the near post.

Wojciech Szczęsny entered at keeper as Juventus went down a man. Ronaldo took the penalty shot and slotted it well out of the new netminder's reach.



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