Gianluigi Buffon described referee Michael Oliver as having a “trash can” for a heart after awarding a controversial penalty that saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Juventus.
Buffon was dismissed for his furious reaction towards Oliver after the English official pointed to the spot following Medhi Benatia’s clumsy challenge on Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez.
Juve had drawn level on aggregate with a stirring comeback from a 3-0 first leg loss in Turin only for Cristiano Ronaldo to step up after a long delay to smash the penalty home and send the holders through.
Buffon – expected to retire at the end of the season – was left fuming with Oliver’s decision to give a penalty, with Juve also feeling they should have had a spot-kick for a foul on Juan Cuadrado in the first leg.
“Why Did They Protest?”
Cristiano Ronaldo says he does not understand why Juventus players including Gianluigi Buffon protested so vehemently against the award of a penalty that ultimately saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals.
Ronaldo struck the decisive goal from the spot to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory for holders Madrid, who survived a stirring Juve comeback in dramatic fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.
Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot after Medhi Benatia appeared to bundle over Lucas Vazquez in the box, with Juve captain Buffon dismissed for his furious reaction towards the official.
Ronaldo stepped up to beat Wojciech Szczesny after a long delay, continuing his incredible run of scoring in every match of this season’s Champions League on his 150th appearance in the competition.
And after scoring his 120th Champions League goal, which sent Madrid into the last four for the eighth year in a row after they had fallen 3-0 down on home soil, Ronaldo was left baffled by the Juve fury regarding the decision.
“Not Surprised By Referees”
Giorgio Chiellini said Juventus should not be surprised by their dramatic Champions League exit against Real Madrid as Bayern Munich experienced the same last season.
The Italy defender was scathing in his assessment of referee Michael Oliver, who awarded a stoppage-time penalty and sent off goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for dissent as reigning champions Madrid advanced to the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate despite Wednesday’s 3-1 loss.
It was a night of drama at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Juve remarkably overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to leave the quarter-final tie poised for extra time.
However, Medhi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vazquez saw Oliver point to the spot at the death as Buffon protested furiously before he was shown red in the Spanish capital – Wojciech Szczesny brought on for a penalty that was blasted past him by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Incensed by the decision, Chiellini referred to last season’s controversial quarter-final between Madrid and Bayern, who lost 4-2 at the Bernabeu and 6-3 on aggregate after Ronaldo’s extra-time winner came from an offside position, while Arturo Vidal was sent off.