Gianluigi Buffon described referee Michael Oliver as having a "trash can" for a heart after awarding a controversial penalty that saw Real Madrid progress to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Juventus.
It was an emotional rollercoaster early this morning at Bernabeu as Real Madrid knocked out Juventus in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final - but nevertheless, it was a game worth fighting till the end for, for Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The old ladies of Turin were close to achieving something special before Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez was brought down in stoppage time by Mehdi Benatia, with Oliver pointing to the spot in what many perceived to be a soft penalty.
Buffon described it as "a tenth of a penalty", calling the incident "dubious".
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: "The referee lost the plot, I accept that".
Buffon was given the marching orders for protesting the decision in the face of the English referee while Real's Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo converted the penalty in the 98th minute to put his side through 4-3 on aggregate.
"We're very proud of the game we played", he said. I don't know if it was his last game.
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"If you break a dream like this and ruin an epic feat it means that instead of the heart you have a garbage bin. You can't destroy dreams like that".
Although few had contemplated the possibility that this quarter-final second-leg would be competitive, that an injury-time victor from Cristiano Ronaldo was required to put Real through caught many by surprise.
And Buffon, who has avoided discussion of his plans beyond this season, may have played in his last game in European competition.
"I don't think he deserved to be sent off", Zidane said.
Pirlo, meanwhile, was a bit more sympathetic to Buffon's viewpoint.
"It's a shame it ends like this, " Buffon said in comments translated by Spanish media.
Replays appeared to show Benatia touched the ball with a leg stretched around Vazquez, but the defender had also placed his hands on the back of the substitute as the Madrid man was poised to finish.