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Real Madrid vs Juventus: Ronaldo speaks on controversial late penalty

Real Madrid vs Juventus: Ronaldo speaks on controversial late penalty

Real Madrid fans in Ghana joined thousands of the club supporters around the globe to celebrate the team's triumph over Juventus which sealed a semi-finals berth in the UEFA Champions League.

While Juventus players raged at the awarding of the penalty, Marca's front page simply reads "It was a penalty!", with a picture of Medhi Benatia appearing to push Lucas Vazquez from behind.

Only European champions Real Madrid can better Bayern's tally of 11 semi-final appearances in the Champions League.

Juventus goalkeeper Giannluigi Buffon was then sent off for remonstrating with the English referee, which led to protests from his teammates.

The goals cancelled out Real's resounding 3-0 win in Turin a week earlier but Lucas Vazquez won a disputed injury-time penalty. However, Max Allegri's side enjoyed a dream start, as after just two minutes Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic headed home at the far post from Sami Khedira's cross.

Blaise Matuidi added a third on the hour mark after a goalkeeping clanger from Real's Keylor Navas.

Cape Town - Cristiano Ronaldo showed an incredible ability to handle the biggest of occasions when he stepped up to coolly score a stoppage-time penalty for Real Madrid against Juventus.

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Arguably the strongest reaction of all came from the Catalan media, though, who cover the great rivals of Real Madrid, Barcelona.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane also had little sympathy for the Italians.

The Serie A giants had fought their way back from a 3-0 deficit to pull level, but with extra-time looming Cristiano Ronaldo managed to clinch a insane win via the penalty spot.

Elsewhere, it was a more routine affair with Bayern Munich holding Spanish side Sevilla to a goalless draw in the Bavarian city, to advance with a 2-1 aggregate score over the two legs. "I knew it would be a decisive penalty, thank God I scored and we went through".

"Since I've been here there's always been a bad performance in this competition and I always believed we would come through", Carvajal said.

"Life goes on. I'm happy and proud of how we played, we made the impossible possible".