3-0! Ronaldo Hat-Trick Sends Juventus Past Atletico Madrid Into Champions League QFs

by Samuel Abasi Posted on March 13th, 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brilliant hat-trick as Juventus produced a stunning Champions League comeback, winning 3-0 at home against Atletico Madrid to progress to the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

A VAR review denied Juve a fourth-minute opener, but Ronaldo’s first header of the game gave them hope and the Serie A leaders drew level in the tie thanks to the Portugal superstar’s aerial power again.

The excellent Federico Bernardeschi then drove into the penalty area and was brought down by Angel Correa, with Ronaldo stepping up with four minutes to go to convert the spot-kick and down Atletico Madrid yet again.

Ronaldo has now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career, with the former Real Madrid forward’s treble on Tueday denying his old club’s city rivals the chance to play in this season’s final at their Wanda Metropolitano home.

The Bianconeri knew full what needed to be done and they did exactly that. From the first minute they made their intentions clear and their 3-0 victory meant they did the “impossible” and completed the comeback!

9 – In the nine #UCL/European Cup’s editions both teams have played together, Atlético de Madrid have never reached further round than Real Madrid in this competition. Neighbours pic.twitter.com/iiheBPporR— OptaJose (@OptaJose) March 12, 2019

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cancelo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola (Dybala 67’); Can, Pjanic, Matuidi; Bernardeschi, Mandzukic (Kean 80’), Cristiano Ronaldo. Substitutes: Perin, Caceres, Rugani, Bentancur, Nicolussi Caviglia, Dybala, Kean

Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Arias (Vitolo 77’), Gimenez, Godin, Juanfran; Koke, Rodrigo, Saul, Lemar (Correa 56’); Griezmann; Morata. Substitutes: Adan, Savic, Montero, Vitolo, Mikel Carro, Kalinic, Correa

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