Real Madrid vs Juventus : Ronaldo dismisses Juve protests

With extra time looming after Juve dramatically hauled themselves level on aggregate following a 3-0 first-leg loss in Turin last week, Oliver pointed to the spot in stoppage time when Mehdi Benatia challenged Lucas Vazquez.

A day after seeing Spanish rival Barcelona blow a three-goal advantage against Roma in Italy, Madrid almost did the same.

Ronaldo stepped up to beat Wojciech Szczesny after a long delay, continuing his incredible run of scoring in every match of this season's Champions League on his 150th appearance in the competition.

Real Madrid are in full and complete control of their Champions League quarterfinal tie with Juventus, having defeated the Italians in their home stadium, 3-0, giving Madrid a massive advantage heading back home to the Santiago Bernabeu.

'We should face and we did everything possible to go through, ' said Marcelo.

Zinedine Zidane gave a brief interview in the flash zone to BeIn Sports to give his thoughts on tonight's return leg against Juventus.

The second half began with both teams creating chances, with Madrid looking to bring the game to Juventus rather than sit back and defend their slender lead.

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Some will say a ref should not make a massive call - especially a borderline call - at that moment of the game.

The referee had wasted no time to point to the spot, the ensuing argument over the propriety or otherwise of the decision had threatened to snowball into a chaotic exchange emotions reached boiling point.

"I don't understand the protest by Juventus", Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

But Juve's three goals on Wednesday meant Ronaldo's heroics were again required for Madrid. "That allowed their team to grow, and it made things hard for us".

Real conceded the opener after just 76 seconds, the fastest they have ever conceded at home in the Champions League.

Juventus were on a 25 match unbeaten run before the defeat by Real Madrid. Navas should have done better, though, when Mandzukic rose above his marker to head Stephan Lichtsteiner's inviting cross through the grasp of the Real keeper. "I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it".

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

  • Delia Davidson