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Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick takes Juventus into quarterfinals

13 March, 2019, 05:52 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates following his sides victory in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club Atletico de Madrid at Allianz Stadium

Antoine Griezmann said Atletico Madrid "picked a bad night to f-- up" after they lost 3-0 at Juventus to go out of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate. Juve's lead was doubled when another Ronaldo header was awarded via goal-line technology three minutes into the second half. As if personally defeating the Spanish squad with his hat trick wasn't enough, the 34-year-old openly mocked Atletico's manager Diego Simeone's celebration dance where he thrusts his genitals forward and cups them with his hands.

"This had to be a great night and it was one, not just for my goals but for the team", he told Sky Sport Italia.

It is also the third time Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick against Jan Oblak and ensures the Seria A champions march on to the final eight in what is increasingly looking like a blockbuster quarter-final stage.

Juventus levelled the tie at 2-2 less than four minutes into the second half, courtesy of another precise Ronaldo header.

"Spinazzola hasn't played yet in the Champions League, but in these situations it can help to have someone who bring freshness". He'd helped them to four of the last five Champions League titles but was now surely entering the twilight of his career at 33 years old.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus celebrates the victory at the end of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Juventus and Club de Atletico Madrid at Allianz Stadium
Ronaldo scored two headers and a penalty in the 3-2 win in Turin Credit Getty Images

Leroy Sane put another past his former club, sneaking behind the defence and latching onto a through ball in the 42nd minute to make it 3-0.

Since the Madrid game he has not scored in the league and has been overtaken as the top Serie A scorer by Sampdoria's Fabio Quagliarella, who has 20 goals to Ronaldo's 19.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri was anxious his side could lose their cool from the first leg but his fears were unfounded. It was completely different from the first leg, when I made us play.

Ronaldo had experienced a quiet Champions League campaign before Tuesday night, having scored just once in six total appearances.

Arguably Ronaldo's greatest goal as he flew high into the Turin air to send a scarcely believable bicycle kick past Gianluigi Buffon in last season's quarter-final.



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