Juventus came into the match looking to overturn a 3-0 first leg defeat against Real Madrid - at a stadium that is one of the most feared in Europe. Buffon clearly had other things on his mind at the time, but he would surely have appreciated the gesture from the demanding Madrid crowd, who reserve such receptions for truly special footballers.
Incredibly, after 60 minutes in Spain, two goals from Mario Mandzukic and a third from Blaise Matuidi had the away side 3-0 up.
And then it all fell apart.
The 40-year-old reacted angrily after Medhi Benatia was deemed to have fouled Lucas Vazquez at the death in the Spanish capital, ending Juve's remarkable comeback. We must remember that we beat Real Madrid 3-0 on their own turf and only a insane person would've believed that going in.
And so to the post-match interviews, where Buffon - now free from the threat of a suspension from Uefa - tore into the referee. It means you've understood absolutely s--.
Speaking to BT Sport Buffon said: "Of course there is a huge feeling of regret because of the incident in the 93rd minute".
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The Juve captain said after the game: "It was a tenth of a penalty".
"Between the first leg and this one, just about everything happened".
"In order to avoid that you have to be completely ready, you can't make yourself the protagonist because you can't handle the pressure". Indeed, Buffon's sustained emotional outburst probably owes more to the realisation that he will now never lift the Champions League trophy rather than a genuine concern over whether or not Mister Oliver is a human being or a chip-eating, sprite-drinking animal. Perhaps because of this, many initially reacted to the incident by criticising Oliver. "The referee did not understand anything, and tonight the least happy person of all should be him", said Agnelli.
Buffon was shown a red card for his reaction towards the official after Real were awarded a penalty in second-half stoppage time. The referee must try to be less of a protagonist and give only clear-cut decisions. Buffon appeared to travel the distance from his line to within an inch of Oliver's face in a nanosecond.
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