MADRID: Sergio Ramos could miss the Champions League semi-finals after an incident in Real Madrid’s clash with Juventus last night.
Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-3 on aggregate to secure their place in the Champions League last-four. Despite losing 3-1, a controversial late Cristiano Ronaldo penalty was enough to see the Bernabeu giants through.
They will face either Liverpool, Bayern Munich or Roma in the semis. But centre-back Ramos risks missing at least the first leg of the fixture following his antics last night. Ramos was suspended for the game in Madrid but stood pitch-side in the final few minutes to support his team.
That is against regulations and he could face suspension for another game because of it. There is precedent for UEFA to follow here.
Xavi Alonso was given a one-match ban for a similar incident in 2014 when he ran down the touchline to celebrate Gareth Bale’s goal during the Champions League final win over Atletico Madrid. Alonso had been suspended for the final but jumped over a barrier to celebrate with his team-mates after the goal went in.
Ramos celebrated with his team-mates at full time, just moments after Ronaldo converted his penalty after Lucas Vazquez was brought down in the box. Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admitted Ramos’ absence for the Juventus game was a big blow for Real.
“With Ramos out they were all over the place defensively,” Gerrard said.
“They certainly came flying out the blocks and a weakness in Madrid’s team is height at the back post and Juventus kept loading the box.”
Real will discover their semi-final opponents when the Champions League draw is made at UEFA’s headquarters on Friday. Liverpool beat Manchester City on Tuesday night to progress to the last-four, while Roma overturned Barcelona’s 4-1 first-leg lead. Bayern beat Sevilla 2-1 on aggregate to sail through.