Gianluigi Buffon's Champions League career looks likely to end in a red mist of rage after Cristiano Ronaldo's late penalty on Wednesday rescued Real Madrid from a pulsating Juventus comeback. But along came Ronaldo, the ultimate glory boy, to cast Buffon into retirement with his one last chance of Champions League glory snuffed out in the most dramatic and cruel circumstances.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has defended Gianluigi Buffon and labelled him "a role model for over 20 years" after the goalkeeper saw red against Champions League conquerors Real Madrid for a furious rant at the referee. "We played a fantastic game tonight in terms of intensity and technique".
"I am definitely sorry about that but I also know that I wasn't dealing with a person with a lot of awareness of feelings otherwise he wouldn't have made two big mistakes in the space of two minutes".
Following the match, Buffon criticised the referee for the decision while Ronaldo insisted it was the correct call.
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'I don't have to make up for anything, because I am a human being who puts passion, sentiment and anger into what I do, ' Buffon told television programme Le Iene, via Football Italia.
"I hope I have passed on something they will treasure".
"A hot-head Buffon would have exaggerated talk about crimes against sporting humanity, but it must be understood", said Pirlo.
Cristiano Ronaldo then scored two offside goals before Marco Asensio added another in extra time, as the title-holders won 6-3 on aggregate.
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Buffon went on to claim that Oliver was "too young" to officiate a Champions League semi-final. I had to let that out, even if it damaged my reputation.
'So at the end of the day, what I said after the match, I don't hold any rancour towards Oliver.
"I could have said anything to him and he should have had the sense to forgive me anything I did, because what he did is to commit a crime against sportsmanship".
Having recorded a 3-0 win over the Italian side over a week ago in Turin, Madrid were favourites to go through the easily, but met a hard Juventus side in the second leg. "The ref awarded it and we can't change that, but I think it was a penalty", Zidane said. I felt defrauded. Not defrauded of the result, but of the night. Yet the Italian champions were 2-0 up on the night by half-time thanks to Mandzukic's double and Real were very bad. Oliver's job, and the job of all referees, is to make the best and most informed decision they can, given the information at hand.
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The Portuguese ace has netted 15 goals in the competition this season, including at least one in every Real Madrid game.