Ronaldo: I Don't Understand Why Juventus Protested Correct Penalty Decision

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates his side going through to the Champions League semifinals

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo says he did not understand Juventus players' furious protests - including a straight red card for visiting goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon - at the 93rd-minute penalty which the Portugal worldwide scored to decide Wednesday's dramatic Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the Bernabeu.

English referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial penalty in the 92nd minute and sent off goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for dissent. You have to watch the first leg and see that a similar foul was not punished with a penalty for Juventus in Turin.

Madrid beat Juventus 4-3 on aggregate, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo victor from the penalty spot in the 97th minute.

Bayern Munich played out a goalless draw against Sevilla to complete the Champions League's semi-final quartet - Bayern, Liverpool, Real and Roma.

"It wasn't an issue of VAR, because the referee still needs to have courage and a conscience", said the 33-year-old.

We saw no more of him in the latter stages of the half, when Mario Mandzukic headed home his second goal, but he did get a lot of screen time in the second half.

You are here: Home / Featured / Did the officials rob Juventus to send Real Madrid into semis? In this match, however, the Brazilian was withdrawn at half-time along with Gareth Bale as Zidane threw the dice, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio coming on in their place.

And things got worse for Madrid before they got better as Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 following a howler from Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper spilling the ball just yards from goal.

The Spaniard was involved in a verbal exchange with Allegri near the final whistle after Ronaldo tucked his penalty away. The entire Juventus squad argued with the referee, feeling let down by a dubious decision.

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"In this situation, it meant the possibility to move forward in the Champions League when we deserved extra time".

AS admitted the European champions went from "the panic to the semi-finals", while Marca simply believed: "It was a penalty".

"The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I'd be decisive", he said.

Football fans were given a glimpse of a relaxed Sergio Ramos watching his Real Madrid side from a team box at the Santiago de Bernabeu, on Wednesday night, as they took on the Italian champions.

Needless to say, the reaction to the match has polarised opinion.

"There was no VAR tonight". The penalty tonight was a similar incident to the one involving [Juan] Cuadrado in the first leg.

There was a lot of confusion.

'What happened to Barcelona wasn't going to happen to us because we're Real Madrid'. I would have had two subs to work with - I'd held those back to change the game.

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