Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

Italian, Catalan press blast late penalty decision that knocked Juventus out

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The Champions League quarter-final encounter Wednesday featuring teams from Italy and Spain triggered another round of emotional reactions from the great footballing nations following Tuesday’s dramatics.

Juventus‘ attempt to repeat the unlikely feat that Roma accomplished a day before against Barcelona ended in heartbreaking fashion. A controversial penalty, followed by the sending-off of legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, helped Real Madrid progress to the semi-finals.

Unlike the reaction that followed Roma’s triumph, the Italian press was up in arms over Juve’s elimination, while the outlook of Catalan papers contrasted with the views of other Spanish outlets that praised the tenacious Los Blancos. Here’s a look at the front pages and headlines (translated by Football Italia).

Related: Italian press hails Roma while Spanish papers lampoon Barca’s humiliating loss


‘What a robbery!’

Corriere dello Sport was outraged by Juve’s elimination, suggesting a non-existent penalty benefited Real Madrid and that referee Michael Oliver should be ashamed.

‘The rage and the pride’

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the penalty call that paved the way for Juve’s elimination was “very dubious.”

‘Not like that! Immense Juve go out’

Tuttosport saluted Juventus for putting up an admirable fight at the Bernabeu.


‘It was a penalty!’

Madrid-based outlet Marca, meanwhile, didn’t see what all the fuss was about and declared that Oliver made the correct call.

(Photo courtesy: Marca)

‘Master in refereeing’

Mundo Deportivo chose a somewhat controversial image of Medhi Benatia appearing to win the ball fairly for its front page. Although some accused the Catalan-based paper of photoshopping the image, it appears that Mundo Deportivo chose a picture of the incident after Benatia made contact with Lucas Vazquez.

‘The theft of the century’

Catalan newspaper Sport didn’t sugarcoat its opinion on the penalty decision, as it slammed Oliver’s call and subsequent sending-off of Buffon in what was expected to be the goalkeeper’s final Champions League match.

(Photo courtesy: Marca)

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