World News

Media React to Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Win over Juventus

Media React to Real Madrid's Dramatic Champions League Win over Juventus

Madrid needed to find a way to stay alive in the Champions League despite not playing its best against Juventus, and it did with a determined performance that culminated with Ronaldo's injury-time penalty in a 3-1 loss that was just enough for a 4-3 aggregate win.

"Sevilla are a good team - for a long time we couldn't get a grip on the midfield, but we stopped them scoring - that was important", said Bayern winger Arjen Robben.

"Lucas was pushed from behind and if the penalty was given, it's a goal". But Juve pulled a goal back after just 90 seconds this evening at the Bernabéu - a back post header from Mario Mandzukic inspired hope of a comeback for the visitors and they were back in the game after he found the net again at the far post just after the half hour.

Incensed by the decision, Chiellini referred to last season's controversial quarter-final between Madrid and Bayern, who lost 4-2 at the Bernabeu and 6-3 on aggregate after Ronaldo's extra-time victor came from an offside position, while Arturo Vidal was sent off.

Juventus goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was given a straight red card for pushing English referee Michael Oliver as he vented his fury at the decision.

98th minute: Ronaldo is booked for taking off his shirt while celebrating in front of the home supporters.

Real Madrid ran out 4-2 winners in extra time as Cristiano Ronaldo struck a hattrick.

At the beginning of the second leg, virtually nobody thought Juventus had a chance of overcoming that deficit against a Real Madrid side in pursuit of their third consecutive Champions League crown.

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

It's laughable that the Italian refereeing designator said things are going well in the Champions League.

120th goal in 150 Champions League appearances.

The last Champions League quarter-final second legs of the Champions League produced some great moments of drama, with European behemoths Real Madrid and Bayern Munich booking their places in the last four of the competition.

Mundo Deportivo claimed Los Blancos have a "Masters in refereeing", insisting: "They are through to the semi-finals in their usual style: a controversial penalty".