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Ronaldo Sends Real Into Champions League Semis

UEFA Champions League 

Result: Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus (4-3 agg.)

Date: 11 April 2018

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu
 
Click through the gallery to see all highlights of the epic clash.
 
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty in the dying moments against Juventus to put Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
 
The LaLiga giants came to into the clash with a commanding 3-0 lead but they were without the services of Sergio Ramos, who was suspended.
 
Ramos' absence was felt as early as the second minute as an unmarked Mario Mandzukic headed past Keylor Navas following a cross from Sami Khedira.
 
Los Blancos looked to hit back and managed to carve out a couple chances, although Gareth Bale and Isco failed to take advantage.
 
The hosts dominated for large parts of the first half but were unable to bypass the Juve defence.
 
The visitors then bagged another goal with 10 minutes left in the half in similar fashion to the first, with Mandzukic heading home Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross to make 3-2 on aggregate.
 
Real nearly pulled a goal back on the stroke of half-time when Raphael Varane rattled the crossbar with a towering header as they went into the break trailing.
 
After a dominant start to the second-half by Real, it was Juve who got the next goal on the hour mark as Blaise Matuidi bundled the ball home from close range after big error from Navas.
 
Varane nearly pulled one back with 12 minutes remaining in the half but he fired wide of the upright from 12-yards out.
 
However, Los Blancos were awarded a late penalty in the second minute of stoppage time, while Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for dissent.
 
Ronaldo stepped up and sent the ball into the top corner to put Los Blancos into the semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate win.

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