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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken out after the dramatic scenes of Wednesday night's pulsating Champions League quarter-final second leg with Juventus - saying he doesn't understand the Italians' penalty protestations.

But Mehdi Benatia knocked down Lucas Vasquez before the latter could head home a stoppage time victor, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty awarded by Michael Oliver.

Agnelli felt the decision to award the penalty was wrong and claimed Oliver should not have sent Gianluigi Buffon off in what is expected to be his final Champions League game.

However, Medhi Benatia's challenge on Lucas Vazquez saw Oliver point to the spot at the death as Buffon protested furiously before he was shown red in the Spanish capital - Wojciech Szczesny brought on for a penalty that was blasted past him by Cristiano Ronaldo. "Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don't give him the penalty, it's a goal".

"We started the game saying to each other that we had 0.000001 percent chance of qualifying but you never know in life, especially because we have a team with players with fantastic characters who are capable of everything", he said. "You need to understand that after a game like this to have a penalty awarded against you is hard to take". I could say everything in that moment because when you take such decision in a certain moment of the game it means you don't know what sport is.

"I'm disgusted more and more with this football world, because when you make an effort like that, a referee can not give a penalty like that in the 93rd minute and destroy people's hopes".

"You can not ruin the dreams of a team". If a referee doesn't have the character to walk on this pitch, you should sit in the stands and eat crisps.


Oliver's late call and Buffon's reaction will be dissected for years after instantly entering Champions League lore.

It was the fourth time he had been sent off but the first in his distinguished Champions League career.

"Clearly you cannot have a heart in your chest, but a trash can".

"I don't understand why they are protesting", he said to reporters after the game.

"We knew we had to suffer until the end and our goal puts us in the semi-finals, which is the most important thing".

"We could've scored five or six goals, so we ought to be proud". Whoever has played football, it's a game of contact.


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