Juventus captain Buffon 'stands by' criticism of Oliver

Juventus captain Buffon 'stands by' criticism of Oliver

Everyone would condemn a less famous goalkeeper for the sort of reaction Buffon showed, so why should Oliver dish out special treatment?

After penalising Medhi Benatia's challenge on Lucas Vasquez, Oliver suddenly found himself surrounded by incensed Juve players, with an irate Buffon front and centre.

Buffon was sent off for his protests at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium but has defended his strong words after the match, during an interview with Italian TV, per BBC Sport: "The content remains and I stand by all of it". Although Buffon, 40, is expected to retire in the summer he may yet face Uefa disciplinary action with the governing body still to receive all the reports from the match officials.

"In this case, he should be in the stands with his parents, with his friends, with fries and Coca-Cola, and watch the game". I'm really disappointed with what's been said. However skilled they are, referees are necessary, a precious part of the game. "There is never the intention to foul him or to push him".

" I don't have to take a step back".

"It's always the same story that repeats itself". I think he will have a long career ahead of him but I still think that it was a mistake to put someone like him to referee a big game like this. He would've left it running, turned around and let the two teams fight it out in extra time.

Despite the 3-1 defeat on the night, the Portugal forward is grateful to be through to the last four of the competition they won in Cardiff previous year.

"If I'd been on the pitch, it would have burned to go out like that", said Pirlo, "When you play a game like that and then lose the chance to play for it 10 seconds from the end, it makes you insane".

It's his job to referee the game, not think about the reputation of players. Ronaldo exhaled and slammed it into the top right-hand corner to take Real into the semi-finals.

"Madrid could've scored more goals but Juve and Buffon were good".

"He did not deserve that", Zidane said. "We absolutely can not let that slip".

Sami Khedira hung a deep cross to the back post where Mandzukic powered a header past Navas.

Douglas Costa crossed from the right but Navas dropped the ball, allowing Matuidi to stab home and level the tie.

But Oliver blew for the penalty, Buffon exploded and Ronaldo hit the net.

Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, also upset with the penalty, has called for the video assistant referee (VAR) to be used in the Champions League. "Juventus deserved more, much more, at least extra-time".

The Champions League quarter-final encounter Wednesday featuring teams from Italy and Spain triggered another round of emotional reactions from the great footballing nations following Tuesday's dramatics. It joins Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma in Friday's semifinal draw.

Real conceded the opener after just 76 seconds, the fastest they have ever conceded at home in the Champions League. A penalty so doubtful after having played a match like this at the Bernabeu makes the nerves jump.

Gareth Bale perhaps paid the heaviest price. It was an astonishing comeback and Buffon's hopes of a first Champions League title were still alive. In a desperate attempt to prevent the goal, Benatia made contact with the Real Madrid attacker and Vazquez collapsed in a heap.

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