CRISTIANO Ronaldo saved Real Madrid from a shock Champions League exit when his injury penalty allowed holders to edge out Juventus in the most dramatic quarter finals on Wednesday, taking them through despite a 3-1 defeat.
Real had been sure to make the last four after last week's 3-0 first leg victory in Turin, but Juve played a sensational comeback in the return in Santiago Bernabeu.
Mario Mandzukic's first two halves were held the dream lived before Blaise Matuidi capitalized on a Keylor Nava mistake to pull the Italians level by half an hour.
But like an exciting second leg seemed to be on their way to extra time, the English referee Michael Oliver Real gave a penalty in the stopping hours.
With the match in 97 minutes Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards, ensuring a 3-1 defeat at night, but a 4-3 win overall.
Gianluigi Buffon, who became his 125th and perhaps last Champions League appearance before retirement was sent out for his protests. If it were to be the 40-year-old European goodbye, it was a sad way to finish.
On Wednesday morning, the Madrid newspaper Marca had revealed in Barcelona's collapse of Rome the night before with the heading "Total Failure & # 39; but Zinedine Zidane's side came within a whip of it, with a clear loss on their own patch.
Real admitted openly after just 76 seconds, the fastest they have ever admitted at home in the Champions League.
However, Ronaldo returned to the trumpet and scored in his 11th match in this competition, extended his own record and held Real on the pitch for a third consecutive European triumph.
Zidane had handed Gareth Bale his first Champions League start since September, but it was far from a Welsh man's replacement night. He was pulled off for half-time, with Real two down and replaced by Marco Asensio.
Edin Dzeko needed six minutes to set Rome on his way to Barcelona, but Juve needed a little over one.
Sami Khedira hung a deep cross to the back post where Mandzukic drove a header past Navas.
His second, eight minutes before half-time, was almost a carbon copy. This time, it was deputy Stephan Lichtsteiner, on for Mattia De Sciglio, who got too much room of Marcelo to cross. Through this, Mandzukic jumped higher than Dani Carvajal when he nodded between Nena's right hand and the nearest post.
Real-estate had dictated possession and created chances for their own, but Buffon was in imperial form. Immediately after Mandzukic got his second goal, Raphael Varane raced across the crossbar with a header that Buffon got his fingertips on.
Real, however, was choked back, and the channel between Marcelo and 21-year-old Jesus Vallejo regularly contributes to Juve's hope.
Balsday was half past time when he and Casemiro were replaced by Zidane's tried and trusted duo in Europe by Vazquez and Asensio.
However, Reals defensive problems were exposed again to the hour. Douglas Costa crossed from the right, but Navas lost the ball so Matuidi could slip home and equalize the tie.
Isco drove to the bottom corner, but Buffon's hand was there and the game seemed to drive extra time until 93 minutes.
Hanging in the air on the backstage Ronaldo nodded down to Vazquez, who was sure to score from five yards before Medhi Benatia challenged him desperately.
Oliver pointed a lot on the spot and in the subsequent chaos, Buffon was sent out for his protests.
Wojciech Szczesny was faced with the crucial strike of the match. Ronaldo exhorted and slammed it into the top right corner to take Real into the semifinal.
BAYERN 0-0 SEVILLA: GERMANS PROGRESS
Bayern Munich reached its sixth Champions League semi-final for seven seasons with a 0-0 draw against Sevilla in second round of their quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The Bavarian power station, which finished its sixth Bundesliga title on Saturday, progressed to the last four of Europe's leading competition thanks to its 2-1 win in Spain's first leg.
Bayern meets one of Liverpool, Roma or Real Madrid in the semifinals. "It's a step away from the finals," said Bayern's winner Arjen Robben. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty penalty for Madrid despite a 3-1 home loss to Juventus with a 4-3 overall score. "It will not be easier, it will be harder." In the second game of the night, Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury penalty for Madrid despite a 3-1 home loss to Juventus with a 4-3 overall score.
"There are no teams you'd rather have," Bayern Munich captain Thomas Mueller said Friday's semi-final move. "We have served it for ourselves and will of course come through." Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes sent his strongest lineup in Munich with Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez and Thomas Mueller flanked by Robben and Franck Ribery.
James went close to a free kick before Robben shot just far from the far post when the home team made a promising start.
Sevilla also had opportunities, but first for Pablo Sarabia, then Joaquin Correa.
"They had a chance that they could have used better," said Bayern defender Joshua Kimmich.
The Sevilla players showed more and won several challenges, while some left their field. Lewandowski was left with great swelling under his right eye, while Javi Martinez, James and Rafinha also needed attention. Bayern had better chances before break through Mats Hummels and Franck Ribery, who shot straight at the goalkeeper.
Lewandowski hit the sideline after the interval before Seville showed more ambition to come forward. Correa hit the crosspiece with a header before the hour mark.
But it was as close as the visitors got and Sevilla hope was already over when Correa was shown red card in injury time for a bad challenge at Martinez. "What we need to cling tonight is the huge amount of work we did," said Sevilla captain Sergio Escudero.
Bayern, who turns Bayer Leverkusen away in the semifinals of the German Cup next Tuesday, goes to a repeat of the treble it won in Heynckes last season's responsibility in 2013.
Veteran coach has overseen a major improvement in Bayern's performances since he was cut out of his pension in October for his fourth management.