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Is Douglas Costa to Blame For Gianluigi Buffon's Red Card?

13 April 2018

Buffon who missed out on another attempt to win the UEFA Champions League also accused Oliver of having "no heart in his chest" for awarding that late penalty for Mehdi Benatia's challenge on Lucas Vazquez in the penalty box.

Amid Juve's angry protests after the decision, their goalkeeper and captain Gianluigi Buffon was shown a red card for pushing referee Michael Oliver.

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.

The penalty call came after Juventus defender Medhi Benatia tried to keep Lucas Vazquez from scoring from close range after Ronaldo headed down a ball back toward the area.

"When Gigi spoke about the referee I couldn't understand him, honestly", he said on Sky Sport Italia, per Goal.

The stopper was sent off in the final moments of the match as his Juventus side was dumped out of the tournament by a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. "You need to understand that after a game like this to have a penalty awarded against you is hard to take". I don't know if this will be the last game in the Champions League for him. It means you don't know where you are, what teams you face, what football is: "you don't really know shit".

"I don't understand why they are protesting", he said to reporters after the game.

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It was the fourth time he had been sent off but the first in his distinguished Champions League career.

"A human being can not decide the elimination of a team with such a decision".

"Clearly you can not have a heart in your chest, but a garbage bin".

"If you do not have personality and courage, you should go to the stands to watch the match with your wife and with a Sprite".

"I don't think he deserved to be sent off", Zidane said.

The match looked set for extra time, after a Mandzukic brace and Matuidi goal restored parity, however, a last-minute penalty goal from Ronaldo secured progress for Madrid.

At 40, this was likely Buffon's last chance at getting his hands on the prestigious European title and, when interviewed on Thursday morning, it was quite evident that he was far from over his sending off.

Is Douglas Costa to Blame For Gianluigi Buffon's Red Card?