Ronaldo then stepped up and duly slotted the penalty past substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with his team moving into the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate.
Kelinni sure that “real” bribed the referee in order to go forward.
“What happened to Barca was never going to happen to us, we’re Real Madrid”, said the Brazilian, channeling Madrid’s usual self-confidence, which has not waned even following a dismal domestic campaign which has seen them drop down to fourth in the Liga standings, 15 points behind leaders Barca.
There was high drama in stoppage time, however, when Real were awarded a penalty and Gigi Buffon received his marching orders for excessive protests.
“Thanks to God I scored and we went through”.
The game looked to be heading to extra time after misses from home trio Isco, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo. “Then they played a good game – they were good and we were bad”.
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.
In the night’s other quarterfinal, Bayern Munich advanced with a 0-0 home draw against Sevilla as the newly crowned Bundesliga champions defended a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.
Mario Mandzukic’s two first-half headers kept the dream alive before Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a Keylor Navas error to pull the Italians level with half an hour left.
“We had plenty of chances, it was hard that we didn’t score, but that’s football”.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 Champions League goals against Juventus – the most by one player against a one opponent in the competition.
After the penalty was awarded, Juventus centre back was incensed and insinuated that Madrid paid the referee by waving imaginary money towards the Real players.
Madrid will face either Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in the final four.
Speaking to Spanish TV station Antena 3 following the final whistle, the 33-year-old said that from his position on the field the foul had been clear, and followed similar rough treatment from Juve’s defenders throughout the game.
“We didn’t expect to concede an early goal like that”, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.