Monday, 23 April, 2018

Max Allegri has 'bitter taste' after late Juventus defeat at Real Madrid

Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo
Betsy Taylor | 13 April, 2018, 03:59

Juventus crashed out of their Champions League quarter-final match-up with Real Madrid thanks to an injury-time penalty that saw Juve 'keeper Gianluigi Buffon sent off for his protests.

The World Cup victor bowed out with a red card after confronting referee Michael Oliver for his decision to give a penalty for a push on Lucas Vazquez from Mehdi Benatia, barging the official and screaming in his face.

As Gianluigi Buffon raged and Giorgio Chiellini made 'how much did you pay the referee?' gestures towards the Real Madrid players, the Juventus manager's post-match remarks were comparatively measured.

The game was heading to extra time - as the three-minute added time was nearly up - when Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty to send Real to the semifinals.

"The referee gave a penalty and it's left a bitter taste in the mouth, but I don't want to talk about these incidents".

"I told [Sergio] Ramos it was a grey-area penalty", Allegri said.

"Honestly I've seen and played in matches - you can never whistle for a penalty like that in the 93rd minute", Benatia said.

"The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I'd be decisive", he continued. "What happened at the end of the game won't change or take anything away from what he has done in the game".


Many fans have been sympathising with the veteran shot-stopper, but one Juve legend has been critical of Buffon's actions last night.

"You can not ruin the dreams of a team".

"You can not ruin the dreams of a team".

The fallout from the dramatic Champions League tie between Juventus and Real Madrid has been quite astonishing.

"If you can't handle the pressure and have the courage to make a decision, then you should just sit in the stands and eat your crisps".

"I don't understand why they protested the penalty", he said.

"It disappointed me to leave the boys with 10 men, but I said objectively Real Madrid deserved the victory, we shake their hands and move on", he added. "We played a fantastic game tonight in terms of intensity and technique".

Buffon had been the star of the show as he showed why he's still one of the world's best, despite his age, as he pulled off crucial saves to keep Juve's hopes alive.

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