Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has claimed that his side deserved to progress to the Champions League semi finals after winning 4-3 on aggregate. That is despite a spirited Juventus comeback, which saw the Italians win 3-1 on Wednesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Madrid were in complete control of the tie heading into the second encounter, after winning the first leg in Turin by a 3-0 scoreline. However, Juventus were able to three goals in the first 60 minutes of the game to draw the tie level and rule out Madrid's advantage.
After being on the back foot for the majority of the game, the home side were awarded a controversial penalty in the second minute of injury time at the end of the game for a foul on Lucas Vazquez by Medhi Benatia.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his protests and Wojchiech Szczesny came on to face the penalty. After a lengthy delay, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stepped up and duly scored the penalty to send Real Madrid through to the semi finals of the Champions League.
Speaking, as quoted by the club's official website after the game, Zidane admitted that he knew it would be a tough game, however didn't expect to go behind so early in the game.
He said: “I knew we would be up against it, but I didn't expect what happened in the first minute. We knew that we'd have to dig in against a side that put in a great performance and that press high up the pitch.