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Juventus’ second leg comeback was undone deep into second-half stoppage time as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to send Real Madrid to the Champions League semis.
Juventus’ second leg comeback was undone deep into second half stoppage time as Cristiano Ronaldo converted a penalty to send Real Madrid to the Champions League semis.
The FC panel examine the biggest moments between Real Madrid and Juventus, including the late penalty for Real Madrid, Gianluigi Buffon’s red card and more.
Gianluigi Buffon didn’t hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus’ comeback.
Zinedine Zidane believes Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid a penalty against Juventus was clearly correct and is happy to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Massimiliano Allegri said that Gianluigi Buffon’s actions were only human after he was sent off when Juventus conceded a last-minute penalty against Real Madrid.
Mistakes made in the first leg of Juventus’ UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Real Madrid cost them their place in the semis, according to Andrea Pirlo.

Michael Oliver has voiced gratitude for the support he received following his decision to award a late penalty to Real Madrid in their Champions League quarterfinal against Juventus, after being named as referee for next month’s FA Cup final.

Oliver was at the centre of controversy after his decision enabled Cristiano Ronaldo to put Madrid through to the semifinals 4-3 on aggregate.

The 33-year-old was heavily criticised by Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off in the aftermath of the penalty award. Buffon told reporters after the match that Oliver had “a garbage bin for a heart,” while threats and abuse directed toward him and his wife, also a referee, was “strongly condemned” by UEFA.

On Tuesday, the Football Association announced that Oliver had been appointed to referee the cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday, May 19.

He will be assisted by Lee Betts and Ian Hussin, with Lee Mason as the fourth official. Neil Swarbrick will be the first video assistant referee (VAR) in FA Cup Final history.

Oliver told the official FA website that the support he had received in the aftermath of the Champions League final had boosted him.

“It was a weird few days,” he said. “But it was nice that so many people, both within the game and outside the game, were keen to offer their support.

“It was quite humbling, actually, and it meant a lot. I had people coming up to me in the street and people from inside the game were sending me messages of support. It’s a nice thing to know I’ve got that backing.”

He said he had been “very proud and humbled to receive the call” telling him he was taking charge of the cup final.

“As your career progresses it becomes a realistic target, but it’s not a call you ever expect to take,” he said. “This opportunity only comes around once in a referee’s career.”

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