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11th Apr 2018

Gianluigi Buffon absolutely destroys Michael Oliver in post-match interview

Buffon is one deeply heartbroken man

Matthew Gault

Buffon is one deeply heartbroken man.

Gianluigi Buffon was in no mood for a measured post-match interview following Juventus’ heartbreaking defeat to Real Madrid. The legendary Italian keeper was sent off by referee Michael Oliver after furiously protesting the penalty decision that ultimately crushed Juve’s European dreams.

Buffon, playing in his last Champions League game for the Bianconeri, was livid at Oliver’s decision to award Madrid a spot-kick for Medhi Benatia’s challenge on Lucas Vasquez and was shown a red card after appearing to push the English official.

Cristiano Ronaldo emphatically dispatched the penalty to send Real through to the last four and leave Juventus utterly irate at how their night had ended. A brace from Mario Mandzukic and a goal from Blaise Matuidi had restored parity after losing the first leg 3-0.

Speaking after the game, Buffon said: “The team gave its all but a human being cannot destroy dreams like that at the end of an extraordinary comeback on a dubious situation. If you want to be that protagonist, sit in the ground with your wife.

“The referee has a trash can where his heart should be.”

A pretty strong reaction from Buffon and one that portrays the keeper’s intense emotions on the night. It was a rollercoaster for the 40-year-old. After Matuidi had struck Juve’s third, Buffon could be seen dancing joyously in his penalty box. But the night ultimately ended in tears.