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Real enter semis despite Juve's spirited comeback

15 April 2018, 06:59 | Anna Jefferson

GETTY Michael Owen says Liverpool will be feared by their Champions League rivals

Michael Owen says Liverpool will be feared by their Champions League rivals

Zinedine Zidane's men were poised for the semi-finals following last week's 3-0 win in Turin, only for Juve to mount a remarkable comeback in the return leg as they levelled the tie thanks to Mario Mandzukic's double and Keylor Navas' fumbled cross midweek.

Juve's players protested vociferously and Gianluigi Buffon was shown the red card in what may well have been his final Champions League game, the 40-year-old applauded off the pitch by both sets of fans.

10 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals against Juventus in the Champions League, the most for a player against a single opponent. Only European champions Real Madrid can better Bayern's tally of 11 semi-final appearances in the Champions League. In this match, however, the Brazilian was withdrawn at half-time along with Gareth Bale as Zidane threw the dice, Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio coming on in their place.

With half an hour to play, Juventus had wiped out Real Madrid's three-goal advantage.

The home side continued to struggle on offense and when they did breach the Bianconeri wall, Buffon was always there to dispel the danger, making an outstanding stop against Ronaldo.

The game looked to be heading to extra time after misses from home trio Isco, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. The entire Juventus squad argued with the referee, feeling let down by a dubious decision.

Seventeen league matches, 17 league goals - Ronaldo simply loves playing against the Boquerones.

"There was no VAR tonight". But I liked it, it was very exciting, and in the end we went through.

But this much, we do know: Against Juventus, Ronaldo fought with heart and nerve and sinew.

"At halftime I told them things had to change and we couldn't continue like this. There was a lot of confusion", he was quoted as saying by Juventus' website. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a insane person would've believed that going in.

"I need to search deep within myself and work out how I feel".

"We started the game saying to each other that we had 0.000001 percent chance of qualifying but you never know in life, especially because we have a team with players with wonderful characters who are capable of everything", he said.

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

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