Diego Maradona said Real Madrid should not have been awarded a stoppage-time penalty against Juventus in the Champions League, though the Argentine icon insisted Lucas Vazquez did exactly as he would have done.
A last-gasp Cristiano Ronaldo penalty saw two-time reigning champions Madrid reach the semi-finals 4-3 on aggregate despite a 3-1 loss to Juventus Wednesday.
With extra time looming after Juve erased Madrid's three-goal first-leg advantage by sensationally taking a 3-0 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu, Vazquez was fouled under a challenge from Medhi Benatia.
The call sparked immediate reactions, with Juve captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon sent off as he furiously protested Michael Oliver's decision .
It has also divided opinion, with Real Madrid players wondering what all the fuss is about and others, like Stefano Tacconi , Andrea Pirlo and most of the Juventus contingent feeling as though there was no penalty to be called.
Former Napoli star Maradona weighed in with his own opinion, and while he doesn't believe the call was correct, he offered backing to Vazquez for doing what he did in the moment.
"It was not a penalty, no!" Maradona said when asked about the incident.
"When Ronaldo heads the ball, Lucas had to throw himself at it because he was next to Buffon, and he had Benatia coming in from behind.
"He did as I would do it too, grabbed his chance and threw himself over."
Madrid will face German champions Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the competition, with the first leg set for April 25 in Munich.