An awesome and superb performance from Juventus ends in disappointment as a late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty ends the Old Lady’s dreams of a staggering comeback. Gianluigi Buffon saw red for his dissents but the only thing that matters is that Real Madrid joins Liverpool, Bayern Munich and AS Roma in the semi-finals.
Stunning Champions League comebacks can be contagious and whatever Barcelona and Roma had on Tuesday, Madrid and Juventus almost had a genuine dosage of it on Wednesday night.
It didn’t take long for Max Allegri’s led side to quiet the Bernabeu crowd after Mandzukic headed home in just two-minute from the start of the game.
The same scorer against Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff last season, the Croatian forward grabbed his starting spot with Paulo Dybala suspended after his red card in Turin a week ago.
The 31-year-old at that point multiplied Juventus’ lead with another header in the 37th minute, driving Zinedine Zidane to drag away Gareth Bale at half-time.
Yet, it was to be the visitors who might strike first in the second half, with former Paris Saint-Germain midfielder pouncing on a disastrous faux pas from Los Blancos goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
After AS Roma stunned Barcelona with an awesome comeback to thump them out on the competition last night, their Serie A adversaries were also causing their own particular stunning waves against Spanish opposition.
And with the game looking as though it was heading for an extra 30 minutes, Lucas Vaquez was bundled over by Benatia in the 93rd minute of the match, leaving the English official no choice but to point to the penalty spot.
However, things turn out in an unexpected way. Oliver’s decision was an intense call to take, despite the fact that at first look in the stadium it looked revise. Buffon unmistakably thought otherwise by protesting and took his denunciations against the English ref too far.
Ronaldo ventured up to lash home his spot-kick into the upper right corner past the outstretched arms of substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
Firing home the winner in dramatic fashion to score in his 11th consecutive Champions League match and sparked earth-breaking jubilation ar the Bernabeu.