Ronaldo rescues Real after sensational Juve comeback

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Apr 2018 11:18:36


 

 

MADRID

CRISTIANO Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid from a shock Champions League exit as his injury-time penalty allowed the holders to edge out Juventus in the most dramatic of quarter-finals, taking them through despite a 3-1 defeat.Real had looked certain to make the last four following last week’s 3-0 first-leg victory in Turin, but Juve staged a sensational comeback in the return at the Santiago Bernabeu.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. But, just as a thrilling second leg looked to be heading for extra time, English referee Michael Oliver awarded Real a penalty in stoppage time. With the game in the 97th minute, Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards, ensuring a 3-1 defeat on the night but a 4-3 win on aggregate.Bayern reach semis
MUNICH

JUPP Heynckes’ Bayern Munich marched into another Champions League semi-final despite 10-man Sevilla holding them to a goalless draw at home in the second leg.
Bayern progressed to the last four of the competition for the seventh time in nine seasons as they prevailed 2-1 on aggregate following their first-leg victory in Spain last week.
“Sevilla are a good team - for a long time we couldn’t get a grip on the midfield, but we stopped them scoring - that was important,” said Bayern winger Arjen Robben.
Sevilla’s bid for a first semi-final appearance fell short in spite of shutting out Bayern’s attack and restricting the hosts to just 51 percent possession.