Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Kudos, Knocks For Oliver's First Champions League Red Card

Kudos, Knocks For Oliver's First Champions League Red Card

Real Madrid fans clapped off veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon following his late red card in Wednesday night's second leg at the Bernabeu.

Buffon criticized the English referee Michael Oliver for giving Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez a penalty in the 92nd minute after being pushed inside the box by Juventus' defender Medhi Benatia.

"The referee gave a penalty and it's left a bitter taste in the mouth, but I don't want to talk about these incidents".

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: "The referee lost the plot, I accept that".

Following the game, a clearly irate Buffon didn't hold back in his assessment of Oliver, suggesting the ref had a "trash can" instead of a heart and also referenced a decision in the first leg that saw striker Paulo Dybala sent off.

Allegri was seen in conversation with Sergio Ramos, having walked over to Madrid's bench to speak to the suspended captain following the awarding of the penalty. I know the referee saw what he saw, but it was certainly a dubious incident.

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Juventus' Mario Mandzukic rounds off the nominations with a fine header that very almost inspired one of the greatest comebacks in UEFA Champions League history. "You can not do something like that".

"I don't understand why they are protesting", he said to reporters after the game.

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite".

He was, however, proud of a performance which he said showed that Juve's first leg defeat was merely an unfortunate blip rather than a true reflection of the gap between the two sides. "I think he exaggerated the part about a crime against the humanity of sports being committed, but it should be understood that it was his last game in the Champions League and he expected to win it".

"Napoli are still waiting for a misstep from us, but on Sunday we have an important match [against Sampdoria] which would allow us to stay ahead of Napoli, with six games to the end".

In Madrid, Juventus looked to have staged a stunning revival to force extra time after Mario Mandzukic scored twice in the first half and Blaise Matuidi added a third on the hour mark after a goalkeeping clanger from Real's Keylor Navas.

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