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A late penalty kick by Ronaldo in the 97th minute of Wednesday's 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.

The match got off to a very lively start, as Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic took just one minute and 17 seconds to score the opening goal. Sami Khedira picked the Croatian forward out with a pinpoint accurate, lofted cross and Mandzukic headed in past Keylor Navas to bring the Italian giants to within two goals of Real Madrid.

In almost identical fashion, Mandzukic headed in his second goal of the evening in the 37th minute. This time, substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner was the one to pick out the tall Croatian, with a lofted cross to the back post. It was his 20th UEFA Champions League goal and tenth headed finish in the competition.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi brought Juventus level in the tie when he pounced on a mistake from Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the 61st minute. Navas failed to fully secure a cross sent in by Douglas Costa, and Matuidi was there to tap in Juve's third on the evening to bring the teams level on aggregate at 3-3.

Lucas Vazquez was pushed while in the box by Mehdi Benatia and a penalty was awarded to Real Madrid. A red card was then awarded to Gigi Buffon by official Michael Oliver for his extreme reaction to the decision, forcing Juventus backup goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny into action. 

It didn't matter who was in net. Ronaldo hammered the penalty shot into the top corner, and he celebrated by ripping off his shirt and yelling with the Real Madrid fans in attendance.

Real Madrid, which is hoping to pull off a Champions League three-peat, is headed to the semifinals, where it is joined by Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma. The draw to determine the matchups is set for Friday.

In Bavaria, Bayern Munich did enough to advance to Friday's draw for the last four after claiming a 0-0 result at home to Sevilla. The newly-crowned German Bundesliga champions made their first-leg win in Spain count, as they progressed 2-1 on aggregate.

The first half proved interesting viewing, with both clubs showing plenty of intent to find a breakthrough. Poor finishing and good goalkeeping, however, meant matters remained well poised at the break, with Sevilla in need of two goals to turn this quarter-final contest back in their favour.

With the onus on the visitors to find the back of the net, the second half proved a frustrating exercise for both sides, as a lack of finish proved a wasteful conclusion to the many attacking forays that either side attempted after the restart.

Though there were no goals to speak of in this second leg, Bayern were happy enough to see their passage to the semi-finals confirmed on the strength of their efforts in the first leg in Spain. It is the 27th time that the German giants have reached the semi-finals of a European competition


Last modified on Friday, 13 April 2018
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