Cristiano Ronaldo: 'Penalty decision against Juventus was correct'


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

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of this evening's Champions League fixtures! After suffering a 3-0 loss in last week's opener in Turin, the Serie A champions had to score four goals in order to move on to the next round - and they had to do it at the Santiago Bernabeu, of all places, against an in-form Ronaldo. Just after Mandzukic got his second goal, Raphael Varane rattled the crossbar with a header to which Buffon got his fingertips.

But Madrid made one charge in the third minute of extra time - Ronaldo chipped a pass across the six-yard box to Lucas Vázquez, who was bumped from behind - and referee Michael Oliver awarded a penalty.

The goalkeeper made his protests about the decision known to Oliver and was shown a straight red card for his efforts and it took a further five minutes to calm down before the penalty kick could be taken.

Ronaldo's knockdown looked to have set Vazquez up to score before the touch from Benatia sent the substitute to the ground.

On Wednesday morning, Madrid newspaper Marca had revelled in Barcelona's collapse against Roma the night before with the headline "Total Failure", but Zinedine Zidane's side came within a whisker of trumping that with an emphatic loss on their own patch.

97th minute: Ronaldo despatches the penalty into the top right-hand corner.

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Buffon had announced in October that this would be his last Champions League campaign unless his side won the final, after which he had meant to play in the Club World Cup.

"I don't understand the protest by Juventus", Ronaldo told reporters after the game.

Madrid had conceded three goals at home only two other times this season, in a 3-0 loss to Barcelona and a 6-3 win over Girona.

"If you concede in the first minute, your head goes down, and it gives them life", Zidane said. "But we can not change it".

Real, though, were shaky at the back, the channel between Marcelo and 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo regularly offering Juve hope.

Juventus: Gianluigi Buffon 7, Mattia De Sciglio 7, Mehdi Benatia 7, Giorgio Chiellini 7, Alex Sandro 7, Sami Khedira 7, Miralem Pjanic 6, Blaise Matuidi 7, Douglas Costa 7, Gonzalo Higuain 6, Mario Mandzukic 8. Again Mandzukic jumped higher than Dani Carvajal as he nodded between Navas' right hand and the near post.

The third goal came thanks to a 61st-minute mistake by Navas, who failed to hold on to a mid-height cross into the area and dropped the ball into Matuidi's feet in front of the goal.

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