Raging Buffon's Crazy Champions League Exit

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English referee Oliver then awarded a contentious spot-kick in added time after ruling Mehdi Benatia had bundled Lucas Vazquez over in the box.

In what could've been Buffon's last outing in the Champions League, he was sent off for allegedly pushing Michael Oliver.

Buffon, though, seemed to have calmed down when Ronaldo came through the mixed zone to stop and interrupt one of his interviews.

Unsettled on the backline due to the absence of the suspended Sergio Ramos, the Blancos conceded a goal in the second minute when Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic fired home on a cross from Sami Khedira.

Although few had contemplated the possibility that this quarter-final second-leg would be competitive, that an injury-time victor from Cristiano Ronaldo was required to put Real through caught many by surprise.

Instant parallels were drawn between the veteran's departure and the playing farewell of Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane, who infamously headbutted Marco Materazzi to be red carded in the 2006 World Cup final before Buffon's Italy beat France on penalties. "Madrid could've scored more goals, but Juve and Buffon were good".

Real Madrid will now join Roma, Bayern Munich and Liverpool in the semi-final draw on Friday.

Buffon, as always, did not hold back.

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The Brazilian winger was among the players furious with referee Michael Oliver after his decision to award Madrid an injury time penalty with the score level at 3-3 on aggregate.

"I am definitely sorry about that but I also know that I wasn't dealing with a person with a lot of awareness of feelings otherwise he wouldn't have made two big mistakes in the space of two minutes".

Ronaldo's goal ensured he maintained his extraordinary Champions League record this season. "Now we have to be strong and concentrate on the final games of the championship".

His replacement Wojciech Szczesny could get nowhere near the bullet but Buffon was still blaming Oliver for what he felt were two injustices - the penalty and the sending off - long after the match had finished. A referee in Madrid for the quarter-final must have seen the first leg, realise the (Paulo) Dybala red card was excessive and understand the various situations.

As you may be aware, Juventus saw their Champions League voyage brought to a shuddering halt in the most dramatic of circumstances on a fateful Wednesday evening at the Bernabeu.

"There was no VAR tonight".

"We suffered, but we need to learn from this".

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