Buffon slams referee for 'not showing character'

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid's Portugal star forward Cristiano Ronaldo converted this penalty shot and made The Meringues advance to the Champions League semifinals.

Cristiano Ronaldo then stepped up to coolly place the 97th-minute penalty into the top corner.

As reported by the Sun, the Italian keeper was given a standing ovation from the Madrid fans who knew it was probably his last chance at winning the Champions League trophy.

Chillini said that it was the biggest robbery that he had faced in his life but suggested that it is not surprising since Real are always favoured by the referees.

"If I'd been on the pitch, it would have burned to go out like that", said Pirlo, "when you play a game like that and then lose the chance to play for it ten seconds from the end, it makes you insane".

The tie was finely poised before Bayern's task became insurmountable after they were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute, despite TV replays showing that Arturo Vidal won the ball clearly. And, long after Ronaldo had speared his penalty past Wojciech Szczesny to sneak Madrid through 4-3 on aggregate, still hadn't calmed down.

It nearly looked as if they were about to fabricate a monumental comeback to propel through to the semi-finals until a controversial event materialized as the game approached its conclusion.

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Replays were inconclusive on the extent of Benatia's contact on Vazquez, with the defender protesting his innocence.

From the opposing standpoint, Ronaldo said there was no doubt Oliver got it right.

Match-winner Ronaldo defended the penalty decision by Oliver and had a dig at Juve claiming they were fouling him all game.

Then Vasquez went down under the challenge of Mehdi Benatia and Oliver pointed to the spot - leading to raging protests from the Juve players, including Buffon.

"When Gigi spoke about the referee I couldn't understand him, honestly", Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia.

"I believe that in a few days he will say different things about the referee from what he said (on Wednesday night)".

Juventus came into the match looking to overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat against Real Madrid - at a stadium that is one of the most feared in Europe.

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