Ronaldo insists penalty call was correct

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has defended referee Michael Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid an injury-time penalty, which he scored to send the club to the semi-finals of the Champions LeagueJuventus had produced a stunning comeback against the title-holders at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night and had leveled the aggregate scoreline at 3-3 between the two sides, after a Mario Mandzukic brace and a Blaise Matuidi second-half goal.Yet all that was undone in the final moments of the second leg, when Oliver awarded the hosts a late penalty after Lucas Vazquez was fouled by Mehdi Benatia in the third minute of added time.After Gianluigi Buffon had been sent off for strongly protesting the decision, Ronaldo held his nerve and fired past the helpless substitute Wojciech Szczesny to send Real into Friday’s semi-final draw.“I don’t understand why they are protesting,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“Lucas was tackled from behind and if they don’t give him the penalty, it’s a goal.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I’d be decisive.”The Portuguese star acknowledged the threat that Juventus had been for Real and revealed his gratitude that they had managed to reach the semi-finals, despite a 3-1 defeat on the night.“We have suffered, but it helps us to learn,” admitted Ronaldo.“In football, nothing is given away, you have to fight until the end.“Madrid could’ve scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good.”last_img

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