Another insane UCL game - Real Madrid avoids insane Juve comeback

Submitted by superstringer on April 11th, 2018 at 5:18 PM

What a horrible way for Buffon's UCL career to end.

On heels of Roma's insane comeback against Barca, Juventus comes back from a 0-3 aggregate deficit ON THE ROAD in Madrid to pull level at 3-3. Then deeeeep into stoppage time, a questionable call in the box gives Real a PK.  And the historically great goalie Gigi Buffon, incensed, playing admittedly his last UCL game (if it would be a loss), protests a bit too much and is redcarded.  And CR7 puts the PK past Buffon's replacement (in fairness, NO human would have stopped that kick), and Real avoids total disaster.




April 11th, 2018 at 5:58 PM ^

Fair, but if a player commits a foul. It is a player deciding it by committing a foul as well.

The more I watch it, the more I am starting to feel the call was correct, the defender played through his body and looks like he just got the body just a slight moment before the ball. It is so so close though. 
Totally agree that it is not a satisfying finish though. 


April 12th, 2018 at 1:46 AM ^

a game is nearing the end is a ref deciding a game, but most people mistakenly say a ref decides a game when he calls a late foul, which isn't true.  It was the guy who committed the foul that decided the game.

In this case, it was 100% a penalty.  Had the refs let it go just because the game was in the final minutes would have been deciding it.  In this case, the refs didn't decide the game.  They got it right and the guy that committed the penalty decided the game.


April 11th, 2018 at 8:07 PM ^

because it's almost as if the poster above is suggesting that the rules should be suspended if they are going to help determine the outcome late in games. . .  which, of course, would just be another way for an official to determine an outcome!

It was, however, a crazy end to the match. My daughter, who hates Ronaldo, had just turned it on and was laughing at him for getting so excited when his team had lost 3-1! Not quite!

I don't see how you overcome this problem--if Ronaldo is in fact getting fouled but the official might not see it then Ronaldo is doing himself and his team a disservice by not drawing attention to the fact. My daughter, FWIW, thought it was a legitimate foul. 


April 12th, 2018 at 1:51 AM ^

It was a legitimate foul.  100%. Refs got it right. They did their job.  They didn't determine the outcome.  Dude shouldn't have pushed a guy in the box (and wrapped his leg around him) before the ball got there.  Plain and simple the guy that committed the foul determined the outcome and lost his team the game.


April 11th, 2018 at 5:27 PM ^

Another reason to hate/love Ronaldo, depending on what you already thought about him.  Insane finish.  Seemed like a weak call to make in injury time.  

Kind of a poetic ending for Zidane and Buffon.  Buffon was on the other side of a similar situation when Zidane was sent off in his last World Cup game.

Let's go Reds!   


April 11th, 2018 at 5:32 PM ^

The call was very soft.

My biggest complaint with soccer (and i love soccer) is these calls are so close and determine games. I have watched this play a bunch and am really unsure but am shocked it was called

Occam's Razor

April 11th, 2018 at 5:28 PM ^

Soccer refs are by far the most crooked and cowardly pieces of shit. Robbed Juventus bc god forbid we have a potential all Italian final after the two Spanish giants collapse back to back.


April 11th, 2018 at 5:28 PM ^

Great effort by Juve. Benatia was a bonehead though on that play. At least Zidane can comfort Buffon. He knows what its like to have your career end on a red card..although Gigi still has the rest of the season to play in Serie A. Buffon is such a legend though.

snarling wolverine

April 11th, 2018 at 9:53 PM ^

You're Alone Walking Now?

Pfft.  Liverpool is the fake hipster's choice.  "They haven't won the most titles, just second-most!  I'm no glory hunter."

The real hipster goes for the Eredivisie or Juplier Pro League.




April 11th, 2018 at 5:41 PM ^

Greg Louganis school of *** diving on that horrible penalty call. UEFA just didn't want 2 italian teams in the semis with no bonafide superstars to carry the ratings.


April 11th, 2018 at 5:49 PM ^

Two handed push in the back and trying to put your foot through the guys armpit to get around to the ball that's hitting him in the chest, while by the 6 yard line box, seems like a pretty straight forward PK call to me.

Occam's Razor

April 11th, 2018 at 6:16 PM ^

Slightly off topic but I can't be the only one that hates Juve's new logo can I? 

The old crest was a classic and just fit the overall Italian club lineage better. 

snarling wolverine

April 11th, 2018 at 6:42 PM ^

By the book it was a penalty, but whether you should make that call at that juncture, I don't know.  

It wasn't as bad as the phantom penalty on PSG during Barça's "remontada" last year but it was pretty weak.  The Spanish big two do have a knack for getting the favorable whistle when it counts.  

That was an unbelievable comeback by Juve on the road.  Sucks that the game had to end like that.



April 12th, 2018 at 2:09 AM ^

because 1) it was definitely a foul so you can't call the game differently just because it's late.  You can't enable a defense to take advantage and maul guys. And 2) with there being no ties, you'd wrongly give the series to Juve by not calling it.

If it's a game that would go to extra time, mayyyybe I could see not calling something that was close to let them keep playing (but this wasn't even close, the dude clobbered a guy in great scoring position).