Everybody Reckons Gareth Bale's Real Madrid Career is now Definitely Over

Everybody Reckons Gareth Bale's Real Madrid Career is now Definitely Over

It looked destined when Buffon's opposite number, the usually reliable Keylor Navas, fumbled an innocuous cross into the onrushing legs of Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Real Madrid had been trailing 0-3 on the night and the game was on the verge of going into extra-time when the English referee judged Medhi Benatia's slight contact on Lucas Vazquez was enough for him to give a penalty.

Cristiano Ronaldo came to the rescue for Real Madrid once again as they crushed Gianluigi Buffon and Juventus' dreams of being able to have another Champions League final showdown.

Zinedine Zidane's side will now be in the draw for the semi-finals on Friday, where they could meet Liverpool, Bayern Munich or AS Roma, who knocked out Barcelona last night in a similar fashion to what Max Allegri would have hoped for.

The newly-crowned German champions, who had won their previous two home matches at Allianz Arena 6-0, came under the cosh as Joaquin Correa hit the crossbar with a header and Pablo Sarabia squandered a glorious chance for the visitors.

Ronaldo also became the first player in Champions League history to score in 11 straight matches in the competition, while his goal extending his scoring streak to 11 matches across all competitions.

Zinedine Zidane's side would have to learn a lesson from how they allowed Juventus to almost pull off such a dramatic comeback, Ronaldo admitted. "It shows that nothing is a given in football, you have to fight until the end". Either way, the referee called it and we can not change it, but I think it is a penalty and that is it. "But if you look at the club's record in the Champions League you'll see no-one has achieved what we have". "Thanks to God I scored and we went through". "The Champions League does not forgive anyone, we knew how to suffer until the end and that goal puts us in the semi-finals, which is the important thing".

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That figure is more than any other player has against a specific opponent in the competition.

98th minute: Ronaldo is booked for taking off his shirt while celebrating in front of the home supporters.

Isco drove towards the bottom corner but Buffon's hand was there and the game looked to be drifting towards extra-time until the 93rd minute.

"We are sad for our captain", Benatia said.

"They played a great game, with a very good plan from their coach", Zidane said.

If it was not for the heroics of the goalkeeper, the La Liga giants could have been behind by more in the first 45 minutes, when he stopped former striker Gonzalo Higuain from finding the net.