Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus: match report
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a 98th-minute penalty as Real Madrid sensationally booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League with a 4-3 aggregate win over Juventus, Matt Law writes for the Sport Mole.
"It took Juventus less than two minutes to make the breakthrough in the Spanish capital, with Mandzukic heading a deep Sami Khedira cross into the back of the net from close range. The visitors came close to cutting the aggregate score to 3-2 in the eighth minute when the ball fell kindly for Gonzalo Higuain inside the box following good work from Douglas Costa, but Los Blancos goalkeeper Keylor Navas made a smart save.
"Real came close themselves two minutes later when Modric released Bale inside the Juventus box, but the Welshman could not poke the ball past Buffon. The hosts had the ball in the back of the Juventus net in the 14th minute when Isco converted from close range following a loose save from Buffon, but the offside flag was raised despite replays showing that the Spaniard was onside. Mandzukic then bundled into the arms of Navas from close range as chances continued to arrive at either end.
"Real Madrid almost registered in the latter stages of the first half when Raphael Varane met a free kick from Kroos, but the Frenchman saw his effort hit the crossbar before Juventus cleared their lines. Zinedine Zidane made two changes at the interval as Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez replaced Casemiro and Bale, who both struggled to make their mark in the first 45 minutes.
"Ronaldo was the first player to register a shot on target in the second period, but the Portugal international's effort, which arrived just before the hour, was saved by Buffon, before Navas kept out a Higuain strike down the other end. Juventus had their third in the 61st minute, however, when Matuidi tapped home from close range following a poor piece of goalkeeping from Navas, who dropped a routine cross from Costa.
"The tension inside the Bernabeu was incredible as the match headed for its final 20 minutes of normal time at 3-3 on aggregate, and with Juventus continuing to cause problems. Khedira had a clear sight of the Real Madrid goal 15 minutes from time, but Vallejo was across to make a fine block as the home side continued to wobble at the back. Buffon then got down to keep out a powerful strike down the other end, before Varane just missed the far post moments later as the score stayed at 3-3.
"Ronaldo had a super chance to register for Real Madrid five minutes from time when he met a deep cross from Dani Carvajal, but the attacker's header flew over the crossbar. It did appear that the contest would be heading for extra-time, but Real Madrid were awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Benatia bundled Vazquez to the ground, and after Buffon had been sent off for dissent, Ronaldo smashed the ball past Juventus' substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny."