Is Douglas Costa to Blame For Gianluigi Buffon's Red Card?

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Juventus' legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for protesting before Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up to score to sendReal Madrid to the semi-finals of the Champions League. He claimed Oliver crumbled.

"I knew it would be a decisive penalty, thank God I scored and we went through", Ronaldo told Real Madrid's website. I don't know if it was his last game.

"He, with those two decisions at the end, demonstrated that he is a killer, an animal, because only somebody who has a garbage bin in the place of a heart can make decisions like these". If you don't have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries. "I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating", he continued. Oliver made a decision in a high pressure moment, just as Benatia did moments before and just as countless players and referees do every day. "You need to understand that after a game like this to have a penalty awarded against you is hard to take".

Zidane also countered suggestions from Pep Guardiola that the Galacticos were helped by the referees.

Oliver flashed a yellow card for Drinkwater, his second of the game but the midfielder was furious, swearing at the referee as he left the field.

"However, in some situations, maybe some referees would have managed that situation differently".

"The referee tonight was in total chaos".

An equally livid Juventus president Andrea Andrea Agnelli said VAR was desperately needed in the Champions League. In Italy, Juventus is often on the receiving end of similar accusations, but now they are the ones complaining vociferously, and will probably continue to do so over the coming days.


Juventus' Serie A rivals, though, might say it is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

Gianluigi Buffon overstepped the mark by confronting referee Michael Oliver and launching a scathing attack on the Englishman during his post match interview, according to Alessandro Del Piero.

"We showed that Juve as a side and club have grown a lot in the last years". "It's a club with a culture to try to do everything to help the team".

Substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was brought on for Gonzalo Higuain to stand in between the sticks for the veteran Italian.

Speaking to BT Sport Buffon said: "Of course there is a huge feeling of regret because of the incident in the 93rd minute".

"I really don't understand why they were protesting, but football is like that", he said.

Mehdi Benatia, caught on the wrong side of Lucas Vasquez, was adjudged to have fouled him in the six yard box. Bayern Munich meanwhile advanced 2-1 on aggregate against Sevilla following a 0-0 draw in Munich.

The closest Real Madrid came to scoring in the first half was a shot in the final seconds by Rafael Varane that hit the cross-bar.

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