Defending champions Real Madrid are through to a sixth successive semifinal appearance after they survived a major scare against Italian giants Juventus in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) last eight tie played at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on Wednesday night.
Zinedine Zidane’s team were in the driving seat from the first leg following a 3-0 win in Turin but a goal either side of halftime from Croatian international Mario Mandzukic gave the Old Lady a route back into the tie before Blaise Matuidi’s strike levelled the tie at 3-3 for the visitors.
The second leg clash was heading towards extra time with the tie at 3-3 before English centre referee Michael Oliver awarded a controversial penalty to Real Madrid in added time after Medhi Benatia was adjudged to have brought down Lucas Vazquez in the penalty box.
Juventus goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon was then sent off for loosing his cool before Cristiano Ronaldo dispatched the penalty to send the holders into the semis.
German champions Bayern Munich are also through to the last four after they played out a goalless draw at home to Sevilla for a 2-1 aggregate win in their quarterfinal tie.