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Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time penalty to send Real Madrid into the semi-finals of the Champions League in dramatic circumstances as they lost 3-1 to Juventus on Wednesday but won a thrilling tie 4-3 on aggregate.

Twenty-four hours later, though, on another dramatic, nail-biting night, this time at the Santiago Bernabeu, the unfathomable almost repeated itself.

The newly-crowned Champions League favorites nearly capitulated themselves. In the end, Real Madrid survived.

But only just. And only on the back of a controversial penalty in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time.

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Madrid, defensively, was alarmingly open in the half-spaces and wide areas and could have even conceded a second in the first 10 minutes.

Gonzalo Higuain had two opportunities, one of which was a follow-up shot smothered by Keylor Navas. Juve had overcome a 3-0 first-leg deficit to level the tie 3-3 on aggregate.

But in the 93rd minute, with a stunning second leg seemingly destined for extra time, Cristiano Ronaldo rose at the back post to set up Lucas Vazquez for the winner.

Vazquez, according to referee Michael Oliver, was bundled over from behind by Juventus’ Medhi Benatia. Madrid had its chances as well and wasn’t inferior.

But it was sloppy and edgy, almost playing in fear of the seemingly impossible. Juve’s substitute goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came on but Ronaldo blasted the ball beyond him to send Real into the semi-finals for a record-extending eighth season.

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