A late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty meant that despite losing 3-1 on the night, Real Madrid denied Juventus a remarkable comeback and progressed through to the Champions League semi finals after winning 4-3 on aggregate.
Zinedine Zidane made two changes to the side that won 3-0 in the first leg, with Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema making way in the starting line up for both
It was a start nobody predicted, and it was very nearly 2-0 just five minutes later. Costa again found himself driving at the defence and put a low driven cross into the box which was only parried by Navas. The ball fell into the path of former Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, but he was denied by a good double save from the Costa Rican goalkeeper.
After a bright start by the visitors, Madrid thought they’d scored and killed off the tie after a Ronaldo shot stung the gloves of Gianluigi Buffon before Isco followed up with a delicate chip over the Italian and into the net. However, the goal was ruled out as the Spaniard was judged to have been offside when Ronaldo got his shot away, much to the frustration of the home fans.
Madrid then seemed to ease into the game after a nervy start, however the nerves of the Madrid fans soon increased dramatically just 10 minutes before half time. After coming on as a substitute, Stephan Lichtsteiner beat Marcelo down the right hand side and swung a dangerous ball in towards the six yard box, which Mandzukic was able to get his head on.
Navas was able to get a palm to it, however was unable to stop the ball from hitting the the back of the net and it certainly was game on from there. In the space of 40 minutes, Juventus had cut the aggregate lead from three goals to just one and had the Champions League holders on the ropes in their own back yard.
The home side were able to create one last chance before the half time interval, but Raphael Varane saw his header from Toni Kroos’ free kick cannon off the crossbar and cleared. Real looked a shadow of the side that dominated Juventus in the first leg, and the Italians came out for the second half needing just one goal to send the game to extra time.
The second half began with both teams creating chances, with Madrid looking to bring the game to Juventus rather than sit back and defend their slender lead. Unfortunately for them, their defence was beaten for a third time on the hour mark.
A routine cross from Costa on the right hand side was seemingly swept up by Navas in the Madrid goal in what looked like a routine grab. However the Madrid number one made a calamitous error and spilled the ball in the mouth of the goal, leaving Matuidi to tap the ball into an empty net and the Juventus comeback was complete.
By the 80th minute, Madrid had had just one shot on target in the second half as the fans in the stands grew increasingly frustrated by Juventus’ valiant defensive display. However, just as it looked as though the game was heading into extra time, a moment of controversy came.
A cross came in towards the back post which Ronaldo headed down into the path of substitute Lucas Vazquez, however Benatia came in from behind and bundled him over with referee Michael Oliver awarding a penalty in the third minute of added time. Buffon was then sent off for his protests which meant Wojciech Szczesny was brought on to face the penalty.
It was none other than Cristiano Ronaldo who stepped up to take the spot kick and duly delivered, smashing the ball into the keeper’s top left corner to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals of the Champions League. It was so nearly the most remarkable comeback in recent memory from the Italians, however Real Madrid survived the scare and progressed winning 4-3 on aggregate.