Real slides through on late penalty

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Prenderville also relayed a section of La Repubblica's report, in which it said Juventus went from "the dream to the apocalypse".

With the game in the 97th minute, Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards, ensuring a 3-1 defeat on the night but a 4-3 win on aggregate.

Juventus players were outraged by the decision with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon being dismissed in his final Champions League game.

Zinedine Zidane's men were poised for the semi-finals following last week's 3-0 win in Turin, only for Juve to mount a remarkable comeback in the return leg as they levelled the tie thanks to Mario Mandzukic's double and Keylor Navas' fumbled cross midweek. Unbelievably the Turin giants score a third to level the tie on the hour mark, as midfielder Blaise Matuidi capitalised on a awful error by home goalkeeper Keylor Navas to score from close-range.

The manner of the loss, with Juve fighting back, coming so close to extra time and losing to a late Ronaldo penalty has triggered an emotional reaction among those associated with Madrid and Juventus.

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"We could've scored five or six goals, so we ought to be proud". Juventus players stormed toward English referee Michael Oliver, who apparently had help from his behind-the-goal assistant to make the call.

Daily AS declared on its front page that Madrid went "from panic to the semi-finals". "That allowed their team to grow and it made things hard for us".

Massimiliano Allegri's side were on course for the greatest shock in Champions League history as they took a 3-0 lead in the Spanish capital. Real Madrid have suffered a number of nervy Champions League moments in recent seasons and could draw on a vast bank of European experience as they survived a heart-stopping quarter-final second leg against Juventus yesterday.

Just when it looked like the Old Lady had taken things to extra-time, however, madness ensued.

Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who was suspended from the second leg encounter was watching the game from the stands but came down to the dug-out in the second half as he watched his side surrender a three-goal advantage. Stephan Lichtsteiner made the cross from the right side and Mandzukic beat Dani Carvajal to the ball.