Real Madrid - Juventus: Benatia on Vázquez not a penalty

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Real Madrid - Juventus: Benatia on Vázquez not a penalty

Real Madrid - Juventus: Benatia on Vázquez not a penalty

Michael Oliver penalised Medhi Benatia for a foul on Lucas Vázquez to allow Ronaldo to score from the penalty spot. AS's resident ref says he made the wrong call.

Real Madrid limped through to the semi-final of the Champions League after a last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty against Juventus secured a 4-3 aggregate victory.


Former referees cast doubt on penalty decision


Benatia contact on Vázquez 'not enough'

English referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot in the third minute of added time after Juventus centre-half Medhi Benatia appeared to shove Lucas Vázquez.

Yet according to AS's resident referee, Eduardo Iturralde, it was the wrong decision. "The contact from behind wasn't enough," Iturralde said, "he shouldn't have blown for a penalty".

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal.

Pandemonium ensued after Oliver had pointed to the spot, and Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for protesting. The Bernabéu gave a standing ovation to Buffon following a sour end to what is likely to be his final Champions League appearance for Juve. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo kept his calm to tuck the penalty in to the top corner and send Madrid to the semi-final. 

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