Giorgio Chiellini's play-acting in injury-time during Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid


The second legs of the Champions League round of 16 have been nothing short of incredible.

First, we had Ajax’s sensational 4-1 win at the Bernabeu to send Real Madrid packing.

Twenty-four hours later, Manchester United overturned their 2-0 loss in the first leg by winning 3-1 against Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.

And on Tuesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick saw Juventus come from 2-0 down in the first leg to progress to the quarter-finals.


From kick-off, there was just a feeling that something special was going to happen at the Juventus Stadium.

Within four minutes, Juve had the ball in the net through Giorgio Chiellini. However, the goal was ruled out after Ronaldo was adjudged to have fouled Jan Oblak.

But the Portuguese superstar made sure that the Old Lady weren’t moaning about that decision come full-time.

Juventus v Club de Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

He scored fantastic headers either side of half-time and then, with four minutes remaining, held his nerve to complete his hat-trick with the penalty spot.

But there was still time for Chiellini to be involved again.

The Italian had previously clashed with Alvaro Morata, going down dramatically when pushed.

And in injury-time, he was up to his usual antics.

He blocked Angel Correa from running through and could easily have given away a penalty.

Instead, Chiellini went to ground and produced an incredible piece of play-acting that made it look as though he’d been shot.

It was enough to convince the referee not to give a penalty and helped Juve see out the remaining seconds.

Ronaldo was the hero but Chiellini certainly played his role one way or another…

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