Ronaldo thwarts epic Juventus comeback to lead Real Madrid into CL semis

That could be it for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid following absolute horror show

Real Madrid players celebrated the crucial Champions League aggregate victory against Juventus after surviving a three-goal scare from the Italians.

They will face one of Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in the semi-finals and will be hopeful of a much more straightforward progression into the final of the competition.

But if Real's hero lived up to his reputation, for Juventus their living legend Gianluigi Buffon ended the night in shame, the veteran goalkeeper receiving a red card from referee Michael Oliver for abusive language after the English official had awarded the hosts their last-gasp spot-kick.

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but they got off to the flawless start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

And things got worse for Madrid before they got better as Blaise Matuidi levelled the tie at 3-3 following a howler from Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper spilling the ball just yards from goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid goalscorer: "My pulse was racing but I stayed calm, I knew it was decisive".

Ronaldo has now scored in 11 straight Champions League matches, a run which stretches to last season's final in Cardiff against the Bianconeri.

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Real needed a controversial injury-time penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to secure their progress to the semi-finals.

Modric has chalked up 13 goals and 38 assists in 250 appearances for Madrid, but it is the manner in which he makes his side tick that is the most impressive facet of his game.

Then it was Real Madrid's turn to attack, as Gareth Bale came close to answering with what would have been an incredible backheel goal.

The penalty, awarded for a foul by Medhi Benatia on Lucas Vazquez, was greeted with howls of protest although it was exactly the sort of decision which Juve's rivals and critics say tend to go the way of the Turin side in Serie A.

"The first leg had given me confidence we could do this and the side deserved at least extra time", Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Seville, Bayern were in pole position at the start of the night with Sevilla needing to score at least twice to have any chance of progression.

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