Zidane admits his side were great and poor against Juventus

Zidane admits his side were great and poor against Juventus

April 12, 2018 Off By Sports Writer

Juventus opened the scoring for the night  within the first 2 minutes as Sami Khedria lifted an light cross to the far post which met Mario Mandzukic’s head to put them 1-0 up.

Real Madrid then went on to enjoy large spells of possession, which led to Isco pinching the ball in the back of the net from close range; but the goal was disallowed due to him being marginally offside.

Juventus doubled their lead almost identically in the 37th minute, early substitute Stephan Lichtsteiner whipped in an inviting cross to the far post for Mandzukic to rise above Dani Carvajal and stab home.

At half time Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane brought on Marco Asensio and Lucas Vasquez for Gareth Bale and Casemiro, potentially in an attempt to reduce the impact Juve’s wide players were having in the match.

Blaise Matuidi made it level on aggregate after scoring from just a few inches from the goal line following Keylor Navas’ blunder which saw the ball fumble out of his hands and Into the Frenchman’s path.

With the game looking likely to be heading to extra time, Medhi Benatia made a rash challenge from behind on Lucas Vasquez from point blank range, which saw referee Micheal Oliver point straight to the spot.

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In light of the decision the Juventus players ferociously protested to the referee and the officials which even saw Gianluigi Buffon sent off the pitch for his uncontrolled aggression and antagonism towards the referee.

The decision forced Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri to bring on Wojciech Szczesny for Gonzalo Higuain in attempt to save the penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo with the weight of Real Madrid on his shoulders side footed the ball into the side netting to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals.

“I’m happy, we deserved to go through after 180 minutes,” the Coach told BeIN Sports.

“We had plenty of chances, it was difficult that we didn’t score, but that’s football. We had a great game at their place but everything was the other way round here, that’s true.

“We had chances, but the ball didn’t want to go in. In the end, we suffered. We had to fix up during half-time.

“Substitutions? Lucas and Asensio gave us a little more energy. It wasn’t the fault of Bale or Casemiro.

“Lucas and Asensio and then Kovacic gave us a little more calmness. The penalty? I didn’t see it, but I was told it was a clear penalty.

“Ronaldo? He never fails…”

Real Madrid will now join Bayern Munich, Roma and Liverpool in the semi-final draw on Friday.