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Champions League; Real Madrid, Bayern Munich move to semi-finals

A controversial late penalty awarded by the referee and converted by world best player, Christiano Rolnaldo did the magic for Real Madrid on its quest to move to the semi- finals of the champions, Bayern Munich could not also score in its second leg match played at home against Sevilla. Inspite of these shortcomings they qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Real Madrid won on a 4-3 aggregate while Juventus defeated Sevilla on a 2-1 aggregate. After scoring three goals in the first leg in Turin, many were expecting Real Madrid to stroll into the semi-final on home soil, but that was not the case as Juventus caused a stir canceling out the defending champions’ advantage.

Mario Mandzukic scored two goals and Blaise Matuidi had one to give Juventus a 3-0 lead on the night. The match was alredy heading for an extra time when the referee awarded what some described as a contrvesial penalty

After Buffon had been sent off for dissent, Ronaldo smashed the ball past Juventus’ substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

In the other game, Bayern Munich and Sevilla played a barren draw but it was enough for the Germans who had won the first leg 2-1.

The draws for the semi-final will be conducted on Friday and Bayern Munich, Roma, Liverpool and Real Madrid are the four semi- finalists.

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