It was a night of drama at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Juve remarkably overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit to leave the quarter-final tie poised for extra time.
The pair did not live up to the expectations until Lucas Vazquez won the penalty for Madrid in added time which was expertly scored by the top scorer in the history of the champion's league, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Referee Michael Oliver found himself in a sea of yellow shirts and sent Gianluigi Buffon off before the spot kick was even taken by Ronaldo, who converted it, of course.
Incensed by the decision, Chiellini referred to last season's controversial quarter-final between Madrid and Bayern, who lost 4-2 at the Bernabeu and 6-3 on aggregate after Ronaldo's extra-time victor came from an offside position, while Arturo Vidal was sent off. Lucas is right in front of the goal and if Benatia doesn't bring him down, he scores.
The Champions League semi final draw will be made on Friday afternoon and none of the other three teams would be overly keen on facing reigning champions Real Madrid.
"We didn't expect to concede an early goal like that", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.More news: Manchester City's Aguero out of Tottenham clash
At what was his career's last Champions League, Buffon looked visibly distraught at the so close yet so far victory. The crowd got nervous when Mario Mandzukic added his second goal before halftime, and the unlikely comeback was almost complete when Blaise Matuidi scored the third about 15 minutes into the second half.
"Everyone can decide what they want, if it's a penalty or not".
Bale had been tipped to start alongside Karim Benzema against La Liga's bottom club, but the Wales star is also reported to have been given the game off to rest. The ref awarded it and we can't change that, but I think it was a penalty. "Step-by-step, we are going to the semi-finals".
The 32-year-old should never have been allowed on the sidelines, however.
"The pulse increased, but I calmed down, and I knew I'd be decisive", he said.
"He's a big game player", the pundit said on ITV's Champions League highlights show.
It is no surprise that Real Madrid are through to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the eighth consecutive time.