Football has no pages left to write. This sport is so unpredictable that it makes him for something to be the most followed and most suffered. What happened at the Bernabéu was inexplicable. Real Madrid, Champions team par excellence, was left to overcome a 0-3 of the first leg achieved in Turin. A penalty in the last second (yes, second and not minute) avoided the extension and classified the targets for the semifinals. [Narración y estadísticas: Real Madrid 1-3 Juventus]
That's the news. Real Madrid qualified. The way he did it is unprecedented. The burden, nervousness and fear. The miracle. A penalty when the game was in extra time after Juventus worked the miracle to tie the tie (0-3). Christian scored, with Buffon already expelled in the protests of the penalty.
Today we know that the idyll of Real Madrid with the European Cup is not shown in a final, but in games like this Wednesday. If the whites have been saved from the debacle, everything can happen already in this sport that is the most inexplicable there is. If Real Madrid has gone to the semifinals it has been because of the aura that it has with this competition. And with a penalty. Of course, yes. The referee, Michael Oliver (English), whistled. And you have to be very brave to do it.
Real Madrid lived its most oppressive night. It is not remembered in modern times. Without captain Sergio Ramos, sanctioned, Real Madrid lost the spirit and was doomed to luck. With a 0-3 he prayed more than ever in an excessively agonizing match. In soccer it is very difficult to see something like that.
Real Madrid agonized with a game without sense that was based on impulse without any tactical rigor. He was totally dislocated, full of fear for what was coming on him. Players so safe and with so much experience behind seemed second to the nervousness that they had inside. It was a Madrid full of lagoons behind, where Douglas Costa bitter, and little successful above, where it was better but without the dynamite of other times. Occasions had, like a header from Varane to the crossbar in the first part added.
Mandzukic, an old acquaintance of Spanish football (one year he was at Atlético), scored the two goals in two identical actions: head shots at the far post at Khedira's centers the first (minute 2) and Lichtsteiner (37 ') ). Maybe Keylor helped by disguising himself as Casillas and staying under sticks. The Croatian forward gave that boost that other players do not give when your team needs you. He was key and put a lot of tension at the Bernabéu.
With such a tight result, Zidane had to intervene, who made the biggest 'revolution' during a game since he was on the Bernabéu bench. Circumstances also forced him as the tragedy was flying over the center of Madrid. After the break, without waiting for a minute, he took Bale and Casemiro and brought out Lucas Vázquez and Asensio.
This change did not change the script of a game that is football history as it was. In the week that marks 10 years of the unforgettable Getafe – Bayern Munich of UEFA Cup quarterfinals, Keylor Navas imitated the 'Duck' Abbondanzieri and swallowed a goal exactly like that. The ball escaped from the Costa Rican goal in a blunder, and Matuidi, on the goal line, pushed the ball and ignited the revolution of white hearts. It was the 60th minute.
Cristiano tried with a shot that caught a Buffon applauded by the Bernabéu as a tribute, Marco Asensio tried in a foul that went up, Isco tried with a shot hit the post in the that was Buffon's best stop and Varane tried it on the half-turn at the penalty spot. Nothing. The ball did not want to go in.
The Champions League is the Champions League and you can never give anything for won. It was seen in Rome and has been seen this Wednesday in Madrid. Even with a 0-3 achieved in Turin could not be comfortable Zidane team, determined not to leave even a quiet day to his fans, who came to the Bernabeu with that feeling, logic, to be all settled. And that with the hecatomb of Barca were all warned.
There are no words to explain what happened at the Bernabéu. The facts were that Juventus overcame the 0-3 of the first leg, equaled a tie that was going to extra time and that was not because a referee whistled a penalty in the last second that qualifies Real Madrid for its eighth consecutive Champions semifinal