Champions League: Late Escape For Real Madrid As Bayern Edge Sevilla (REPORTS)
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time penalty to put holders Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals after a stirring fightback from Juventus.
A dreadful sense of déjà vu gripped the Santiago Bernabeu after Juve looked to emulate Roma’s sensational comeback against Barcelona Tuesday, but Ronaldo’s coolly taken penalty into the top corner bailed the hosts at the death.
Legendary 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 following a foul by Medhi Benatia on Lucas Vazquez.
A melee ensued and Buffon accosted the referee with foul and abusive language, bagging a red card in the process.
Zinedine Zidane’s men came into the tie with a massive 3-0 advantage, 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 the big Croat added a second before half-time from a similar position.
French midfielder Blaise Matuidi pounced to capitalise on Keylor Navas’ fumble on the hour mark to level the tie on aggregate before the controversial ending.
Elsewhere, five-time champions Bayern Munich advanced to the last four after playing a goalless draw with Sevilla.
Bayern progressed on a 2-1 aggregate win following their first-leg result at the Sanchez Pizjuan, and they join Real, Liverpool and Roma in the last-four draw, which takes place in Nyon on Friday.