Ronaldo hat-trick leads Juventus into quarter-finals

13 March, 2019, 15:49 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Champions League Round of 16: Overwhelming Support for Juventus to Beat Atletico Madrid

But domestic goals are not the reason Juventus splashed out £100million on a 33-year-old last summer.

The Portugal worldwide scored with two headers and a penalty to overturn the 2-0 first leg deficit and knock Atletico Madrid out in the Round of 16.

Ronaldo has now matched Lionel Messi's Champions League hat-trick record with his eighth treble in the competition.

Corriere dello Sport pictured Ronaldo's mimicking of Atletico manager Diego Simeone's "cajones" celebration from the first leg and go with the headline "Monstrous".

"For sure he did the same as I did at the Wanda [Metropolitano], thinking about the fans and showing the personality of a great club like Juventus". "To help do things that they have never done before".

Ronaldo has won the Champions League four times in the past five seasons with Real Madrid but joined Juve in a deal worth €112million ahead of the 2018-19 season. The home team outplayed the Spanish side in all departments of the game.

However, Ronaldo had only scored one goal in the competition for Juventus until Tuesday.

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"Cristiano imposes his rule" ran the headline on the front of Marca as Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League victor, once again delivered the goods on the biggest stage.

He has also now scored 25 goals against Atletico in his career.

Simeone took Ronaldo's taunt in good spirit, claiming it was a show of solidarity with the Bianconeri's ecstatic supporters. "We suffered, as happened to them in the first leg. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals", said Simeone. No other player has ever scored more than three. The 3-0 win at home gave Juve a 3-2 win on aggregate.

Defensive specialists Atletico held off the Juventus pressure until the 27th minute, when Ronaldo met a pin-point Bernardeschi cross to head home the opener.

Atletico should have equalized on the stroke of halftime but Morata directed his header wide, and Juve punished them shortly after the interval on their first attack.

The final of those three quarter-final goals was a 98th-minute penalty to knock Juventus out at the Bernabeu.

However, referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot after Angel Correa brought down Bernadeschi, and Ronaldo finished the job with four minutes remaining.

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