Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick inspires Juventus comeback vs Atletico Madrid


Juventus reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League thanks to a sensational Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick at the Allianz Stadium. 

The Italian side won 3-0 on the night and beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 on aggregate to book their place in the last eight.  

Ronaldo opened the scoring in the first half before striking again just minutes after the break to level the tie on aggregate.

He completed Juve's famous comeback from the spot, capping off a historic night for him and his club.

After a 2-0 defeat in the first leg, Juve had it all to do in Turin but the Italian side looked in the mood from the first whistle. 

It took just three minutes for Giorgio Chiellini to put the ball in the net, tapping in from close range after Atletico failed to deal with a corner.

However, the referee adjudged Ronaldo to have fouled goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the build-up and ruled the goal out.

VAR was called into action and after a brief stoppage, confirmed that was the right call. 

Within 26 minutes though, Ronaldo popped up to give Juve the lead. 

Federico Bernardeschi picked up the ball on the left and swung a cross to the back post, where the Champions League record goalscorer was waiting to rise above his man and power a header home.

Atletico reached half-time just one goal down, but it took Ronaldo less than four minutes second half minutes to square the tie.

This time, the visitors failed to deal with a Joao Cancelo cross and despite being surrounded by bodies, Ronaldo again climbed highest to head in.

It looked as if Oblak had done brilliantly well to claw Ronaldo's effort away but goal-line line technology cleared up any confusion and Juve were all level. 

Madrid offered very little threat throughout the game and Juve's star man struck the final blow with five minutes to play. 

Bernardeschi was clipped by Angel Correa as he broke into the box and referee Björn Kuipers pointed straight to the spot. 

Ronaldo made no mistake from 12 yards, sending Oblak the wrong way to complete a sensational win that very few could have called. 

It really was a special night in Turin with Juve completing a historic comeback that was mostly down to Ronaldo who once again proved that the Champions League really is his playground.

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