Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve’s intimidating centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.
But Bayern showed great character, leveling the intriguing tie 3-3 after winning 2-1 in regulation time at the Bernabeu. This is when the mistakes began.
“After 90 minutes, we won 2-1 in Madrid and I have to pay a massive compliment to the team for their performance over the 120 minutes”, he added. How can the ref be so bad?
“In 2012, we lost after extra time and penalties to Chelsea”.
“The guy is a genius, it’s a simple as that”, declared Keane on ITV, as he reflected on Ronaldo’s 41st hat-trick for Real Madrid that set-up a 6-3 aggregate victory.
“We had thought of everything going into this game – except the referee”, Ancelotti was quoted as saying by the BBC on Wednesday.
Real are now the favourites to win the competition, having claimed their 11th title last season. “It was pretty clear and we start to doubt a little bit”, the Chilean midfielder said. “We’re the deserving winners”.
“In the end he shows what he can do on the pitch, what very few players can do”.
“However, we did not let our heads drop and we pulled it off”.
Much like the first leg, Madrid weathered the early storm and had plenty of chances to go in front before half time.
The draw for the semi-final is on Friday. “We want to win it again this year”.
The 34-year-old, who played 70 minutes of the match, took to Instagram to vent his frustration after the match.
“We knew that, if we didn’t play really well, Bayern can score goals on any pitch”, he said.
Buffon was also surprised Juve were able to keep two clean sheets against Barcelona and believes that record can act as a catalyst heading into the semi-final next month.
Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti concurred, adding: “Some decisions by the referee ultimately decided the match. It shouldn’t happen at this level”.
“The red card was a heavy blow of course”. Our team gave it everything, you mustn’t forget that some of our players had knocks.
“Although I don’t always score, I always work hard and try to help Real Madrid”.