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Cristiano Ronaldo hugs Gianluigi Buffon after dramatic Champions League clash

15 Avril 2018

Gianluigi Buffon has refused to apologise for his comments on referee Michael Oliver.

Mario Mandzukic's two first-half headers and Blaise Matuidi's 61st-minute effort had helped the Italian side take a 3-0 lead at the Bernabeu, pulling them level on aggregate with half an hour left.

Unlike the reaction that followed Roma's triumph, the Italian press was up in arms over Juve's elimination, while the outlook of Catalan papers contrasted with the views of other Spanish outlets that praised the tenacious Los Blancos. When you play a game like that and then lose 10 seconds from the end it makes you insane.

For Real, it was enough to keep alive their dream of a third consecutive Champions League trophy, although they lost 1-3 on the night.

After the frustration, Buffon - who had said this season would be his final one - must turn his attention to winning a seventh straight Serie A title with Juventus, and completing the double with the Italian Cup. As the ball was played into the Juventus penalty area, defender Medhi Benatia inexplicably barged into the back of Madrid's Lucas Vazquez just as the forward was about to shoot. If, out of nowhere, they give a penalty against you, you lose control. "We're happy to be in the semi-finals".

The term has since been etched into football's lexicon.

Nonsense. If a referee judges that an offense has ben committed, it is his duty to give the decision, even if that decision means an unfortunate end to a great Champions League career or comes in the dying embers of a great comeback. His post-match comments to the media, about Oliver having a rubbish bin for a heart, not knowing "shit", and having no personality, were unworthy, the Champions League equivalent of waiting for a referee in the auto park after a disagreement on the public parks.

Replays, however, showed that there was contact between Benatia and Vazquez, who was denied a chance to score.

The Old Lady players protested the decision for a couple of minutes which saw their veteran shot stopper Gianluigi Buffon sent off for confronting the referee.

Juve players furiously protested the decision, with goalkeeper Buffon receiving a red card, and the 40-year-old pulled no punches in his assessment of the official. Buffon was sent off for physically manhandling the referee.

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

The goalkeeper also received support from his manager, Massimiliano Allegri, per the BBC: "If on one occasion he said the things he did, in a situation as tough as Wednesday night's, that is understandable and I challenge anyone to react differently".

Cristiano Ronaldo hugs Gianluigi Buffon after dramatic Champions League clash