3 things that went right for Real Madrid against Juventus

Gareth Bale's time at Real Madrid could be over after horror show in first-half against Juventus

Gareth Bale's time at Real Madrid could be over after horror show in first-half against Juventus

Just as he has done so many times before, Ronaldo was the man to pull Madrid out of trouble.

MADRID (AP) - For Real Madrid, it was more about survival than brilliance this time.

Cristiano Ronaldo says that Juventus should have no complaints with the controversial penalty decision which dumped them out of the Champions League.

We saw 90 minutes of an incredible game with such a courageous effort from Juventus coming back from 3 goals down away from home and leveling it in Madrid. They dominated from the kick-off, and were allowed the freedom of the Bernabeu down the right flank from where all their goals came.

But Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the 93rd minute - and Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests.

The Spanish team seemed set for a comfortable second leg, but Juventus came out pressing at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and took the lead two minutes into the match. Mario Mandzukic scored the first after just two minutes, heading home Sami Khedira's deft lofted pass, and the Croatian doubled Juventus's advantage on 38 minutes, this time powering home Stephan Lichtsteiner's cross with his head.

But with the clock ticking down towards extra time, Real Madrid were awarded a contentious penalty, which was duly converted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Madrid star Ronaldo fired the resulting spot-kick home.

This was reminiscent of Madrid's Dortmund defeat en route to the 2014 Champions League crown, when Carlo Ancelotti's side lost 2-0 in Germany after winning the first match 3-0 in Madrid. We knew that we'd have to dig in against a side that put in a great performance and that press high up the pitch.

Madrid struggled in defense as Ramos was suspended and Nacho Fernandez was out injured, prompting youngster Jesus Vallejo had to play in central defense alongside Raphael Varane. The penalty tonight was a similar incident to the one involving [Juan] Cuadrado in the first leg.

It was also his 15th of the competition this season, ensuring he now holds the record for the best return for three years.

Marcelo's Madrid will find out who they face in the last four out of Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in Friday's draw.

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