CRISTIANO RONALDO interrupted Gianluigi Buffon's post-match press interview to pay his respects to the legendary keeper. He had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating. "The icing on the cake was provided by Chiellini, who in the midst of protests over the penalty, made an eloquent gesture to the Real Madrid players, suggesting that they had greased the referees" palms. Unfortunately, the continued remonstrations from Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and the physical contact that accompanied his uncontrolled outburst were met with the appropriate response.
Afterward the 40-year-old World Cup victor - likely playing in his final Champions League game with retirement on the horizon - was still fuming.
From Manchester United's astonishing victory at the Etihad against their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the Premier League to Roma's historic win against Barcelona at Stadio Olimpico in the Champions League, fans across the globe have witnessed some of the most heart-pounding games in recent times. If you don't have personality, you better watch the game from the stands with your wife and your kids while eating fries. "It means you don't know where you are, which teams are playing, you don't know s***".
"I think the referees have a hard job but we also have a hard job", said Buffon.
Juventus president Andrea Agnelli called for the addition of video assistant referees and blamed UEFA for assigning referees who "are against Italian clubs".
The Juve captain said after the game: "It was a tenth of a penalty".
"However, in some situations, maybe some referees would have managed that situation differently".
"We will be furious when stepping on to the pitch in Serie A this weekend", Buffon said.
But while Cristiano Ronaldo kept his cool to slot home the winning goal, Buffon lost his.
"I really don't understand why they were protesting, but football is like that", he said.
Juventus were left with what Gazzetta dello Sport described as a mixture of pride and anger after their extraordinary Champions League comeback against Real Madrid was thwarted by a contentious injury-time penalty.
"Giving a penalty like that at the 93rd minute is simply absurd".
"If he's not fouled, Lucas scores". Bayern Munich meanwhile advanced 2-1 on aggregate against Sevilla following a 0-0 draw in Munich.
He angrily remarked: "It shouldn't be surprising, Bayern Munich went through it past year and this was Juve's turn".