Juventus fightback not good enough

April 11, 2018

Gianluigi Buffon was sent off and Cristiano Ronaldo fired a winning penalty in stoppage time as Real Madrid survived an incredible fightback from Juventus to reach the semi-finals.

It was the perfect start for the Italians as they hunted down a three-goal deficit, with Mario Mandzukic heading home in just the second minute to stun the Bernabeu.

The home crowd were silenced eight minutes before half-time when the Croatian doubled the visitors’ lead on the night, rising highest to meet a Stephan Lichsteiner cross at the back post.

And Juventus completed an astonishing comeback on the hour mark when Blaise Matuidi profited from a shocking error by Real Madrid No 1 Keylor Navas to bundle home from close range.

Blaise Matuidi bundles home from close range to bring the aggregate scores level at 3-3 on the hour mark on Wednesday

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas fumbled at the ball and deflected it into the path of the Juventus midfielder

Matuidi celebrates in front of the stunned Real Madrid fans as Juventus grabbed their third goal of the night to draw level

Veteran goalkeeper and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon roars in celebration after Matuidi's goal for the visitors

Mario Mandzukic powers a header into the back of the net at the near post from Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross to make it 2-0

Mandzukic celebrates after his header shaved the deficit to just one goal shortly before half-time at the Bernabeu

Mario Mandzukic heads beyond the despairing dive of Keylor Navas to hand Juventus a second minute lead at the Bernabeu

Gonzalo Higuain rushes to congratulate his team-mate after grabbing the ball for a quick re-start on Wednesday night

MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE:

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Vallejo, Marcelo, Casemiro (Lucas 45), Modric (Kovacic 75), Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale (Asensio 45)

Subs not used: Casilla, Benzema, Hernandez, Llorente

Booked: Carvajal, Marcelo

Goalscorers: Ronaldo 90+8

Juventus: Buffon, De Sciglio (Lichtsteiner 17), Benatia, Chiellini, Alex Sandro, Khedira, Pjanic, Matuidi, Douglas Costa, Higuain (Szczesny 90), Mandzukic

Subs not used: Cuadrado, Marchisio, Asamoah, Rugani, Sturaro

Goalscorers: Mandzukic 2, 37, Matuidi 60

Booked: Lichtsteiner, Pjanic, Mandzukic, Sandro, Costa

Sent off: Buffon

Referee: Michael Oliver

Mario Mandzukic heads home in the second minute in front of a stunned Bernabeu crowd. CLICK HERE for more from MATCH ZONE

The recalled Gareth Bale is denied by Gianluigi Buffon as Real Madrid look to get back into the match after Juve's early strike

Real Madrid No 1 Keylor Navas is at full stretch to dive and palm the ball away as it is directed goalwards early in the match

Juventus defender Mattia de Sciglio looks to ward off the attentions of Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo by the touchline

Cristiano Ronaldo appeals for a decision from the referee as Juventus forward Douglas Costa claps behind him

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane slides in and wins the ball from the toes of Juventus winger Douglas Costa

The ball bounces loose from Juventus strike pairing Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain as Jesus Vallejo watches on

Gonzalo Higuain has his head in his hands on his return to the Bernabeu as a chance goes begging for the visitors

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi rises highest to head the ball away ahead of opposite number Casemiro in the first-half

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is sent flying into the air after a challenge from Juventus defender Medhi Benatia

Real Madrid playmaker Isco looks to shield the ball from Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic during the second-leg contest

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo attempts to get a shot off at goal but miscues his effort in a crowded penalty area

Juventus were forced into an early substitution as Stephan Lichtsteiner came on to replace Mattia De Sciglio

Miralem Pjanic gestures towards referee Michael Oliver after Juventus team-mate Stephan Lichtsteiner took a blow

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo wanted a penalty after he tumbled over from a challenge by Medhi Benatia

Ronaldo's protestations towards the referee fell on deaf ears as Real Madrid saw their lead reduced to one goal at half-time

Ronaldo had a first-half to forget after his bicycle kick goal last week and even lost his left boot at one point in the first period

Raphael Varane's header on the stroke of half-time cannons off the crossbar as Real Madrid go in search of a vital goal

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk


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