Ian Wright: Real Madrid the only worry for Liverpool

  • Ian Wright: Real Madrid the only worry for Liverpool

Ian Wright: Real Madrid the only worry for Liverpool

THE Italian press slammed the decision to award Real Madrid a last-gasp penalty at the Bernabeu, insisting Juventus were robbed.

"It's painful because no one expected this after the advantage we had but you realise what the reality of the Champions League is like when you do things badly, when you make lots of errors, when you don't adapt to the game", he said.

Had Buffon kept his head, perhaps he could have saved Ronaldo's penalty kick that put Juventus out.

Madrid won the first leg 3-0 in Turin last week, when Ronaldo scored with a spectacular bicycle kick for his second goal of the match.

There have been calls for Buffon to apologise for his reaction, with Oliver's wife having received vitriolic messages on social media, but Zidane felt the veteran goalkeeper simply lost his cool.

The 40-year-old was more reflective later, and appeared to confirm that the game, his 117th Champions League appearance, was also his last in the tournament.

Gianluigi Buffon's first Champions League red card was Juventus' sixth in the competition against Real Madrid - more than any team has had against another opponent in the competition.

Only in that instant were the Madrid supporters able to leave behind the worst scare that one remembers in the history of Real Madrid. "The lads were marvellous and it was moving; we start again from here, with our heads high, very high", he said.

Zinedine Zidane says he has no explanation for Real Madrid's sublime European form, suggesting only that LaLiga is a tougher competition to win.

Madrid had conceded three goals at home only two other times this season, in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona and a 6-3 win over Girona.

"My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive", said Ronaldo.

With the game looking likely to be heading to extra time, Medhi Benatia made a rash challenge from behind on Lucas Vasquez from point blank range, which saw referee Micheal Oliver point straight to the spot.

Do you think the referee was right to award the penalty?

"I'm not sure they should be bothered about anybody apart from Real Madrid, who have got so much experience in doing it". We could've scored more goals, but Juve and Buffon did well.

Zinedine Zidane's side had thrashed Juventus 3-0 in Turin and looked likely to cruise into the semi-finals in a home leg that appeared a formality, nearly a dead rubber.

AS admitted the European champions went from "the panic to the semi-finals", while Marca simply believed: "It was a penalty".