Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Ronaldo beats Messi to new Champions League record

Ronaldo beats Messi to new Champions League record

The game had looked certain to enter into extra time after Juventus secured a 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu after having gone down by the same scoreline in the first leg.

Mario Mandzukic set Juve on their way with a goal after 76 seconds - the fastest Real have ever conceded in this competition - and then scored again before halftime with another header at the back post.

Real continued to push for the goal they needed to qualify for the next round and found their chance in the dying moments of the game.

But English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot in the 93rd minute of after Mehdi Benatia prevented Lucas Vazquez from executing a close-range finish with a clumsy challenge from behind. Either way, the referee called it and we can not change it, but I think it is a penalty and that is it.

Former Arsenal 'keeper Wojciech Szczęsny came off the bench to face Ronaldo from the penalty spot, but unsurprisingly, the Madrid man produced the ideal penalty, firing high into the net to put his side into the last four of the competition.

And after scoring his 120th Champions League goal, which sent Madrid into the last four for the eighth year in a row after they had fallen 3-0 down on home soil, Ronaldo was left baffled by the Juve fury regarding the decision.

"I don't think he deserved to be sent off", Zidane said.

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"Because we have not had the chance to take the game to extra-time".

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

Zinedine Zidane's side will now be in the draw for the semi-finals on Friday, where they could meet Liverpool, Bayern Munich or AS Roma, who knocked out Barcelona last night in a similar fashion to what Max Allegri would have hoped for. Soccer can be cruel, and it's beyond cruel that the one thing missing from the Italian's resume is a Champions League winner's medal. "We did not play well, we must admit it, and it should be a lesson for the future".

"I didn't expect to concede in the first couple of minutes".

His replacement Wojciech Szczesny could get nowhere near the bullet but Buffon was still blaming Oliver for what he felt were two injustices - the penalty and the sending off - long after the match had finished.

Gareth Bale perhaps paid the heaviest price.

Bale was given the nod to start against the Turin side but a disappointing first 45 minutes prompted the legendary French coach to bring him off at the break, with Lucas Vasquez replacing him. "We had to do it".

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