Juventus legend Alessandro del Piero says Gianluigi Buffon might have gone a touch far in his emotional and colourful post-match rant about referee Michael Oliver in Madrid.
The game was heading to extra time - as the three-minute added time was nearly up - when Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez in the box, and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty to send Real to the semifinals.
"We started the game saying to each other that we had 0.000001 percent chance of qualifying but you never know in life, especially because we have a team with players with wonderful characters who are capable of everything", he said.
It was a tenth of a penalty.
I could've told the referee anything at that moment, but he had to understand the degree of the disaster he was creating.
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"If you break a dream like this and ruin an epic feat it means that instead of the heart you have a garbage bin".
"Otherwise he [Michael Oliver] should be in the stands eating crisps, drinking Sprite, Coca-Cola or orange juice or whatever he wants".
"We have to react quickly from this blow because we still have titles to play for", he said.
"You can not ruin the dreams of a team". We weren't even really at risk late on in the game.
"We have suffered, but it helps us to learn", he added. "What happened at the end of the game won't change or take anything away from what he has done in the game".
Although few had contemplated the possibility that this quarter-final second-leg would be competitive, that an injury-time victor from Cristiano Ronaldo was required to put Real through caught many by surprise.
Ronaldo finally got the vital goal they had craved to pile more misery on the Italians, who were beaten 4-1 by Madrid in last season's final in Cardiff.