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Zidane breaks silence on last-minute penalty against Juve

Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 15/04/2018

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has broken silence over the last minute penalty awarded to Real Madrid against Juventus in their Champions League clash during the mid-week, according to the Daily mail.

Juventus defeated Los Blancos 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu but Real Madrid was able to secure a semifinal berth on 4-3 aggregate.

Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia foul Lucas Vazquez in the area and referee Micheal Oliver awarded a penalty in the 93rd minute and also sent Gianluigi Buffon off for protesting against his decision in a harsh manner.

'It's a disgrace. I'm very very disappointed that people keep talking about a robbery. We have to stop accusations like this,' Zidane told a news conference on Saturday ahead of his side's Liga game at basement side Malaga on Sunday.

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'Everyone can have their opinion, and I won't respond to what the players are saying, but all I'll say is that no-one (in the media) can talk to me about a robbery.

'I'm furious about that. I can't believe people are saying these things.'

Cristiano Ronaldo's converted penalty against Juventus sent Madrid into a semi-final showdown with Bayern Munich despite losing the second leg 3-1, keeping them on track for a third consecutive Champions triumph in the competition.

'When people talk about a robbery you realise that we are annoying a lot of people with what we are doing,' said the Frenchman.

'We can't change that, but I'll always defend my players. We deserved to qualify, without any doubt. We did very well and we're in the semi-finals.'

Real are fourth in the Liga standings and could be 18 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona by the time they play against Malaga.

But they are pursuing a 13th European Cup, which would make them the first team to win the trophy three years in a row since Bayern Munich between 1974 and 1976.

'There are people that are anti-Madrid and we can't change that,' added Zidane. 'We just keep on doing what we do.

'People can write or say what they want but no-one can change the history of this club, which is the best

Real Madrid will take a trip to Malaga in their next La Liga match.
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