Champions League QF: All eyes on Real's Ronaldo

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Madrid finds out its semifinals opponent on Friday.

It was a 15th Champions League goal this season for Ronaldo, playing his 150th CL game, and he has now scored in 11 consecutive games in the competition.

Madrid's Clasico rivals Barcelona surrendered a 4-1 first-leg advantage to drop out of the competition against Roma on Tuesday. "We did not play well, we must admit it, and it should be a lesson for the future. But in the end we deserved to advance". If Juventus kept the 3-0 lead in regulation, the game would go to extra time and the next score would be the series decider.

Gianluigi Buffon, making his 125th and perhaps final Champions League appearance before retirement, was sent off for his protests.

What a game at the Santiago Bernabeu!.

"Whenever we start a season we aim to win everything, this year has not been the best, we had trouble scoring, but today we are better in every aspect, there is no explanation for this", he said. "It's a shame it ends like this".

The four teams will learn their semi-final fate when the draw takes place in Nyon at noon tomorrow.

That deficit made Wednesday's return leg seem like an impossible task for Juventus but it got off to the flawless start when Mario Mandzukic opened the scoring with a header two minutes into the match.

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Against all odds, Blaise Matuidi then wiped out Real's lead with a tap-in from a Douglas Costa cross which was spilled by Keylor Navas in the 61st minute.

No team has ever overturned a 3-0 home loss in the Champions League. He celebrated by taking off his shirt and running toward the euphoric Madrid crowd.

Bayern vs Real is the only other fixture which has been played more number of times (24) in Champions League. Juventus players stormed toward English referee Michael Oliver, who apparently had help from his behind-the-goal assistant to make the call.

"He is intelligent", Zidane said about Ronaldo's substitution.

"Bernabeu is our reference point and we want to follow his path. Federation Internationale de Football Association named us the best club of the 20th century in 2000 and now we are working hard to get the same recognition in the 21st", Perez told Italian daily Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday. "I had two more substitutions planned for extra time and I was confident we could do it".

However, this is also all Real Madrid are focused on and Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking to play as he builds another record.

Although Real Madrid will have to do without defenders Sergio Ramos (due to suspension) and Nacho Fernandez (due to injury), Varane said his knee injury was "fine now". Literally the only mention was Raphael Varane's concession that "everything is possible in football".

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