Controversial penalty sends Real through

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The decision forced Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri to bring on Wojciech Szczesny for Gonzalo Higuain in attempt to save the penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo with the weight of Real Madrid on his shoulders side footed the ball into the side netting to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals.

The Spanish worldwide was suspended for his side's second-leg clash with Juventus having picked up a yellow card in the first leg, and with his side trailing 3-0 and headed for extra-time given that the scores were locked 3-3 on aggregate - the Real captain broke a UEFA rule as he left the stands and went to the side of the pitch for the closing moments of the match.

Gianluigi Buffon was infuriated by referee Michael Oliver's decision to award Madrid a penalty in the 93rd minute and was sent off for his aggressive reaction but Marcelo insisted there was no doubt over the spot-kick.

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.

"The penalty? I don't understand why they protested, Lucas was taken down from behind". As the match was inching towards extra-time, Benatia's foul on Lucas Vazquez earned Real a penalty which was effectively turned into a deciding goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.

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"We suffered and this will help us to learn".

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Arguably the strongest reaction of all came from the Catalan media, though, who cover the great rivals of Real Madrid, Barcelona.

The early strike offered the visitors hope of repeating compatriots AS Roma's incredible second-leg turnaround against Barcelona the previous night and the Croatian struck again in the 37th minute, heading beyond Navas, who got a hand to the shot but could not prevent it going in.

"We should face and we did everything possible to go through", the Brazil worldwide full-back said. They will face one of Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in the semi-finals and will be hopeful of a much more straightforward progression into the final of the competition. You have to fight to the end.

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

MUNICH (AP) - Bayern Munich reached its sixth Champions League semifinal in seven seasons with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in the second leg of their quarterfinal on Wednesday.

"Semi-finals? Anything can happen in football".

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