Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

REACTION: Juventus players 'furious', confronted Real Madrid stars and officials

REACTION: Juventus players 'furious', confronted Real Madrid stars and officials

In the end, though, the Italians fell heartbreakingly short.

Real Madrid have made it this far by being good enough, they schooled PSG when everyone fancied the big spending French side to make a statement. The crowd got nervous when Mario Mandzukic added his second goal before halftime, and the unlikely comeback was almost complete when Blaise Matuidi scored the third about 15 minutes into the second half.

"When people talk about a robbery you realise that we are annoying a lot of people with what we are doing", said the Frenchman.

As injury time ticked away and the possibility of another thrilling comeback looked tantalizingly close, Real's Lucas Vazquez was adjudged to have gone down under pressure in the box. However, then came a massively controversial moment, as referee Michael Oliver judged that Juventus defender Medhi Benatia had pushed Lucas Vasquez in the area.

Did Oliver make the right call? We deserved to qualify, without any doubt. But it was a clumsy challenge by Benatia, who walked a fine line between brilliant and overzealous throughout the night.

And as so often, it was left to Ronaldo to have the last say, the Portuguese blasting the penalty into the top corner to break courageous Juve's hearts and get Real Madrid out of jail as they progress, by the skin of their teeth, to the last four of the competition.

But with the clock ticking down towards extra time, Real Madrid were awarded a contentious penalty, which was duly converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Oliver pointed to the spot much and in the ensuing chaos, which Buffon furiously protested and got sent off.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is furious with the continuing fallout from his side's Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus, suggesting that people are annoyed at the club's phenomenal success. Cristiano Ronaldo stepped and smashed the penalty kick past the visitor's substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to seal the win.

"The Champions League is unforgiving and you have to be focused for the entire match", Vazquez said. He's one part of a great team.

Mario Mandzukic, Juventus: Without Paulo Dybala, it was up to the Croatian to serve as the reference point, which he did with aplomb.

With Barcelona dramatically exiting the competition to AS Roma on Tuesday, after surrendering a three-goal advantage from the first leg, there was a real possibility Madrid would suffer the same fate.

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