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    Match Reaction: Juventus cruelly denied Champions League semi-final spot by Real Madrid

    Controversy reigned supreme at the Bernabeu as Cristiano Ronaldo's injury-time penalty put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after holding off a near-miraculous Juventus comeback.

    The Portuguese talisman's 97th-minute penalty into the top corner of the net 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.

    Football Manics looks at some of the reaction from the Real and Juve camps.

    Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus captain

    "It was a tenth of a penalty.

    "I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident. Not clear-cut. And a dubious incident at the 93rd minute when we had a clear penalty denied in the first leg, you cannot award that at this point.

    "The team gave its all, but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation.

    "Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a bag of rubbish. On top of that, if you don't have the character to walk on a pitch like this in a stadium like this, you can sit in the stands with your wife, your kids, having your drink and eating crisps.

    "You cannot ruin the dreams of a team. I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating.

    "If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps."

    Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus coach

    "I have a bitter taste as we didn't have the chance to go to extra time.

    "Small details changed the whole tie unfortunately. I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it.

    "The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra time. To cry right now is useless."

    Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus defender

    "It shouldn't be surprising, Bayern Munich went through it last year and this was Juve's turn.

    "Between the first leg and this one, just about everything happened. It's laughable that the Italian refereeing designator said things are going well in the Champions League.

    "Nobody thought we could turn it around, but we believed and it'll help us for the next Champions League campaigns. It'll be an objective for the future.

    "It wasn't an issue of VAR, because the referee still needs to have courage and a conscience.The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions.

    "You could tell at the time it wasn't a penalty, but seeing the footage back it's just laughable. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a crazy person would've believed that going in.

    "We could've scored five or six goals, so we ought to be proud. We want to win the seventh Scudetto."

    Medhi Benatia, Juventus defender

    "We are sad, because we played the game we wanted to and last year the same thing happened to Bayern Munich," Benatia told Mediaset Premium.

    "Real Madrid are a great side, but every time there is a challenge, they get the decision and Cristiano Ronaldo scores.

    "I went around Vazquez and got the ball. He just went down because he had nothing else to do at that point. You can see the ball bounce off my foot and change direction. Going out to a penalty like that is absurd.

    "The referee needs to explain the rules, because if the captain can't even talk to the referee after a penalty is awarded, then who can?

    "We are the victims of this situation, but we're very proud of what we did tonight."

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid forward

    “Lucas Vazquez was fouled from behind and I think it was a clear penalty. Benatia and the rest of Juventus defenders were really aggressive during the whole game. That’s how they play. Today we could have scored two more but they denied us. We deserved to go through.”

    “I tried to remain calm before the kick-off. My heart was beating more than usual but I knew my penalty kick would have been decisive. Thanks god I scored. We are all very happy even if we suffered a lot. I have to admit that. This must teach us a lesson. Never give up in football and fight till the end.”

    Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid coach

    "It was a penalty, they've told me it was a penalty. I didn't see it. The ref awarded it and we can't change that, but I think it was a penalty.

    "Cristiano is used to these situations. He doesn't feel pressure. He scored the penalty and we got the win.

    "There is nothing left to say. We're in the semi-finals and we're happy with that. They played well but we were just average, the difference is we kept believing until the end. We deserved to go through to the semi-finals over the course of the tie and we can be pleased with that.

    "It wasn't a strange game, but we didn't expect to concede in the first minute. When that happens, heads drop and the opposition gain in confidence. They approached the game in the right way and we didn't. We had problems controlling the game.

    "I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute. We knew that we'd have to dig in against a side that put in a great performance and that press high up the pitch.

    "I didn't see us going out because I'm a positive person. I told my players we were going to be troubled, that it would be tricky."

    Lucas Vazquez, Real Madrid winger

    "Yes, it was a penalty.

    "When I went to hit the ball the centre-back arrived from behind and knocked me down. There's no discussion.

    "It's normal [that Juventus players protested], it was the final minute."

    Marcelo, Real Madrid full-back

    "We should face and we did everything possible to go through.

    "What happened to Barcelona wasn't going to happen to us because we're Real Madrid."

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