Juventus pay the penalty

April 12, 2018
Bayern's Javi Martinez (left) and Sevilla's Ever Banega challenge for the ball as Bayern's Rafinha looks on during the Champions League quarter final second leg match in Munich yesterday. The game ended 0-0 and Bayern advanced to the semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo shoots a penalty to score during a Champions League quarter-final, second leg match against Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain yesterday. Joventus won 3-1 but Real Madrid advanced to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.

MADRID, Spain (AP):

Cristiano Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty to keep Juventus from pulling off another stunning comeback in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as Real Madrid advanced despite a 3-1 home loss yesterday.

The goal was enough to clinch a 4-3 aggregate win for Madrid as the two-time defending champions reached the semi-finals for the eighth straight season.

A day after seeing Spanish rivals Barcelona blow a three-goal advantage against Roma in Italy, Madrid nearly did the same. But Juventus' heroics came up just short after substitute Lucas Vazquez was pushed from behind inside the area in the third and final minute of stoppage time.

Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in what was likely his last Champions League game, was then sent off for furiously complaining after the penalty decision.

In the night's other quarter-final, Bayern Munich advanced with a 0-0 home draw against Sevilla as the newly crowned Bundesliga champions defended a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.

Madrid won the first leg 3-0 in Turin last week when Ronaldo scored with a spectacular bicycle kick for his second goal of the match.

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus, but they got off to the perfect start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He added to the lead with another header before half-time, and Blaise Matuidi scored the third early in the second half after a blunder by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

But Ronaldo, in his 150th Champions League appearance, then netted his 120th goal in the competition by converting the penalty with a firm shot into the top corner. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running towards the euphoric Madrid crowd.

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