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Ronaldo goal sends Real Madrid to semis


Ronaldo goal sends Real Madrid to semis

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a penalty kick in the 97th minute of Wednesday's (Apr 11) Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Juventus, sending Real Madrid through to the semifinals in controversial fashion. Real Madrid blew a three-goal aggregate lead and wound up losing the game 3–1, but it advances 4-3 on aggregate because of the goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a stunning Juventus comeback.

Ronaldo's coolly taken 97th-minute penalty into the top corner came after Medhi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box.

Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what might be his last Champions League appearance, was sent off by English referee Michael Oliver after awarding the spot-kick, for foul and abusive language.

Real, Champions League winners in three of the past four seasons, came into the second leg leading 3-0, helped by Ronaldo's stunning bicycle kick.

But the Serie A leaders got off to a perfect start when Mario Mandzukic headed in from Sami Khedira's cross after just two minutes and Mandzukic got a second before half-time.

Blaise Matuidi pounced to capitalise on Keylor Navas' fumble to level the tie on aggregate before the dramatic ending.

Real join Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday.

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