Irish fans slate "hypocrite" Thierry Henry on Twitter for his celebration outburst
With three minutes left to play at the Bernabeu, the tie looked to be heading to extra-time with Atletico's resolute defensive game plan keeping the home side at bay.
There was however a late twist when Cristiano Ronaldo teed up on-loan striker Hernandez to send the 10-time European champions through to the last four.
On Sky Sports, Thierry Henry heavily criticised the Mexican striker for celebrating "like he won the World Cup, while over in Montrose RTÉ pundit Richie Sadlier drew attention to the fact that Ronaldo went off celebrating "like he had scored the goal".
"I don't know about his future there," Henry said of the diminutive striker. "To be fair to him he doesn't usually play.
“He had a couple of chances in the game before that but I can tell you he can thank Ronaldo tonight.
"I know he went on to celebrate alone and everything but he can thank Ronaldo. For me, he has to.
“That is, for me, Ronaldo's goal. What I don't like after [the goal] is it seems like he won the World Cup [with his celebration]. Turn around and celebrate with Ronaldo."
But Henry, who has never apologised for his double hand ball assist that ultimately ended Ireland's 2010 World Cup dream, has been vilified for his comments.
Did Thierry Henry count the handball as an assist?— Kieran Cunningham (@KCsixtyseven) April 23, 2015
Thierry Henry has some pair he has issues with the Chicharito celebrated his WINNING goal in CL. Remember the Ireland goal Thierry.— Tommy Smyth (@TommySmythESPN) April 23, 2015
@ThierryHenry And when you score with your hand against Ireland, its that a proud "goal" to celebrate?— Jorge J Soto Hॐ(@yosoyelsoto) April 23, 2015
@ThierryHenry You scored a goal using a hand and did not apologize for that man. Do not be ridiculous.— FranKciscO (@pixotl) April 23, 2015