Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich advance to Champions League semi-finals

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich advance to Champions League semi-finals

Should stand. With AP Photos.

However the stunning over-head kick made all the headlines when Ronaldo's brace helped Real Madrid defeat Juventus 3-0 in the Champions League quarter finals first leg at Turin. "But Madrid are happy and in the semifinals".

CRISTIANO RONALDO received a phone call from the former king of Spain after his overhead kick against Juventus.

"It was a game with a lot of suffering and reminded us that in football nobody gifts you anything, and you have to fight until the end". We'll soon see who plays tomorrow.

Edin Dzeko needed six minutes to set Roma on their way against Barcelona, but Juve needed just over one.

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

What a game at the Santiago Bernabeu!.

"Life goes on", Buffon said.

"It is better for us not to talk about [being favourites]", he said.

After their disappointing loss to Real in the 2017 UEFA Champions League final, many were expecting the Bianconeri to give the 12-time winners a run for their money but thanks to the prolific talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, it was more of a procession than anything else.

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That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but it got off to the ideal start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

Real settled down after the interval, taming the visitors and twice firing at Buffon but down the other end Navas spilled a cross from Douglas Costa right at the feet of Matuidi who rolled the ball in to level the tie.

Buffon has been a Champions League runner-up three times with Juve in total and it would take an incredible comeback to prevent further heartbreak this week.

He scored 16 goals in the 2015-16 season, when Real won the competition, eventually beating local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties in the final.

The English referee, Michael Oliver blew for a penalty and that triggered reactions from Juventus players.

"He is intelligent", Zidane said about Ronaldo's substitution.

But Gonzalo Higuain will have some respite as Real Madrid are without suspended captain Sergio Ramos.

"I do not understand why they protest against the penalty", Ronaldo told beIN Sports after the match.

"The 0-3 result will not change things for us".

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