6 major talking points from Juventus thriller
The nerve-racking, with a view to being controversial, last minutes of the second leg against Juventus see Real Madrid travel into the semis via Cristiano's rocket of a penalty
Because it's over and Real Madrid are through! What a roller coaster of emotions that was. It was forbidden for a Spanish team to lose to an Italian team two days in a row. RM did lose, but it means nothing at the end and our lot retain bragging rights, something Barca fans can't feel a bit relieved about, at least. Phone your Barca-supporting mates and feel safe about trolling them a bit.
Champions League quarter-final, the score is level, seconds left to play and the ref awards a penalty. And then sends a goalkeeper who was not to blame for the foul off. This goalkeeper is a legend. And for him, it's most likely his final game in the competition. How cool does it sound? Well, however surreal it looked, the ref did make the only right decision.
Well that just stinks #RMAJUV— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) April 11, 2018
The Twitter reaction may be pure cancer, but both the penalty and the sending off were absolutely correct decisions. Buffon should have done better, however hard it is to control emotions. He did a silly thing to regret instead of trying to stay on and save that pen. It's sad to even type this, but in those cases, one normally says 'serves him right'.
There’s really no debate when it comes to the penalty. He used BOTH hands to push Vazquez from behind and did not even reach the ball. #Clear— Real Madrid Stats (@RMadrid_Stats) April 11, 2018
LaLiga form in Champions League
Yes, somehow. Real Madrid decided to make it spicier by introducing the team that prefer the LaLiga way which is fighting for the 3rd spot. It's not to say Real were plain atrocious, but they played exactly like you'd expect from Atletico or Sevilla. The way Juventus scored their goals was in a swagging manner, not rushing, not forcing it. Just some clever, quiet play and a cross. And a goal...
Two subs at the break
...But Zidane was brave enough to admit the system maybe had not worked, at least not the way he'd envisaged. Moreover, it wasn't just a reshuffle of personnel, it was a shift from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-1-1 or a semblance of it. Juventus still scored even against the new set-up, but Real gradually started grabbing the initiative and pressing more responsibly which bore fruit at the end.
Madrid moving to a 4-4-1-1 with Isco behind Ronaldo. Dont think they've every played this way before....— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) April 11, 2018
Different Sergio Ramos
If this week has taught us anything, it's that nothing ever is decided in the first leg. The captain was unlucky to get himself sent off in the first leg and was forced to sit this clash out. A cameraman showed us a smiling Ramos in the first half even with Madrid 1-0 down. An hour onwards and that's a nervous man by the tunnel, having a bone to pick with Massimiliano Allegri. Luckily, now it's over and we'll have a 'clean' Ramos in the semis. Lots of doubts that even Ramos himself thought his absence would've felt so strong.
Pick your semi-final opponent
So we've got Liverpool, AS Roma, Bayern Munich. The draw will see us play any of these and just any tie looks exciting! The first two teams may seem like dark horses, but they've done crazy things to get to this stage and in the semis you don't expect a walk in the park. So have a bit of time to fantasise before the draw!