CL: Real Madrid manage to qualify to the semi-final, Buffon sent off


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Cristiano Ronaldo penalty in the seventh minute of stoppage time take Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night to Juventus after a remarkable comeback attempt by the Italians.

And, a furious 40-year-old goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for the first time in European competition in what may prove his last match, having been dismissed during Juventus' exit at the hands of Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate.


The goalkeeper saw red for his aggressive reaction to a penalty decision given against his side in stoppage time, and it wasn’t until the 97th minute that Ronaldo was able to take his spot-kick, beating substitute keeper Wojciech Szczesny from 12 yards.

Juve had produced a stunning performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, With two first half goals from Mario Mandzukic and a Blaise Matuidi goal in the 61st minute putting them 3-0 up in little over an hour, levelling the tie on aggregate after Real’s 3-0 victory in Italy last week.

Real had looked vulnerable, but the late drama meant they would not suffer an embarrassing exit to match that of rivals Barcelona at the hands of the Romans on Tuesday.

It mattered little they had lost 3-1 on Wednesday night, as they came through 4-3 on aggregate.

Buffon had previously been sent off four times in his career, though never before in a European encounter, despite playing 117 Champions League matches.

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