Allegri, Zidane on opposite ends regarding penalty call

Todd Singleton
April 12, 2018

Former Spanish ref Eduardo Iturralde insists Real Madrid did NOT deserve their decisive penalty in victory over Champions League opponents Juventus.

But with Cristiano Ronaldo already having scored in an incredible 10 straight Champions League matches and looking to add to that, plus Zinedine Zidane having his side laser-focused of late, there should be little to worry about for Madrid fans.

The second leg quarter-finals between Real Madrid and Juventus this night at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu may no longer be so referred to a clash of the titans if the past records of both sides are anything to go by.

And with his 29th birthday looming on the horizon this summer, should one of England's big guns fork out the mammoth fee it would take to prise him away?

If this is Buffon bowing out at the top level of European football - he has publicly pondered the prospect of retirement at the end of this season - it was a cruel way to go. The Bianconeri got off to a dream start when Mario Mandzukic headed the ball in only the second minute to make it 3-1 on aggregate. Visiting teams simply don't score three goals against Real Madrid, but as the game progressed, Juventus inched ever so close to becoming only the fourth team to overturn a first-leg deficit of three or more goals. It was a moment of confusion when he (Oliver) called it. English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot, and the rest was history.

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"I don't understand why they are protesting", he said to reporters after the game.

Madrid had conceded three goals at home only two other times this season, in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona and a 6-3 win over Girona. And anyway the referee gave it, we can not change that. It was so almost the most remarkable comeback in recent memory from the Italians, however Real Madrid survived the scare and progressed winning 4-3 on aggregate.

Sami Khedira hung a deep cross to the back post where Mandzukic powered a header past Navas. Navas should have done better, though, when Mandzukic rose above his marker to head Stephan Lichtsteiner's inviting cross through the grasp of the Real keeper.

Ronaldo, from a similar position from where Mandzukic score his second, failed to find the target with five minutes remaining in normal time.

The game looked to be heading for extra time before a chaotic final few minutes saw even the calmest of players lose control.

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