What a blast match it was : Hat-trick hero Ronaldo lifts Juventus into Champions League quarter-finals
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular hat-trick to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw his side claim a thrilling tie 3-2 on aggregate.
The Portuguese hotshot scored two headers either side of half-time and a late punishment to secure a spot in Friday’s last-eight draw with an overwhelming presentation by the Italian bosses in Turin.
“It was continually going to be an exceptional night and it was, for the objectives, however for the group,” said Ronaldo.
“This is the attitude of heroes. This is the reason Juve gotten me, to help on mystical evenings like this.”
Diego Simeone’s Atletico were a sorry excuse for the group who had gone crazy in the primary leg in Madrid, and slammed out of the competition they had been planning to win in their very own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1.
“The chaps have demonstrated extraordinary development,” said Juventus mentor Massimiliano Allegri.
“They deciphered the amusement taking care of business, I need to salute them. This is the thing that we needed in the main leg.
“Today around evening time we were clear, there was the danger of having a crazy match, as though everything must be done in 10 minutes.”
It is the eighth time that Ronaldo has scored a cap trap in the challenge and mirrors his implausible treble which lifted previous club Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with the Spaniards 2-0 down after the principal leg.
The Champions League’s record scorer took his count in the competition to 124, with four objectives this season.
Juventus marked 34-year-old Ronaldo the previous summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros ($117 million) so as to have the effect on the mainland for the Italian heroes, who have not won the Champions League since 1996 and have wrapped sprinters up twice in the previous four seasons.
What’s more, five-time Ballon d’Or victor Ronaldo hauled out a terrific act as he initiated the assault alongside Federico Bernardeschi and Mario Mandzukic.
Allegri’s side turned out discharging, commanding the principal half with nine shots on objective contrasted with three for the Spaniards.
Atletico had an early alarm when Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini, showing up, had the ball in the back of the net following four minutes.
Be that as it may, a VAR audit affirmed Ronaldo had fouled goalkeeper Jan Oblak in a scramble before objective before safeguard Chiellini had completed off.
Protective pros Atletico held off the Juventus weight until the 27th moment, when Ronaldo met a stick point Bernardeschi cross to head home the opener.
Bernardeschi sent a twisting free-kick simply wide minutes after the fact with Ronaldo passing up on an opportunity for a second when he headed wide.
A Chiellini header from a Miralem Pjanic corner was cleared by Oblak, before Alvaro Morata botched an opportunity for an away objective before the sever when he shook Leonardo Bonucci just to head over.
In any case, back after the break Ronaldo leveled the tie with his second objective with a move he started from his own half with a go to Leonardo Spinazzola down the left.
The ball was attempted to Joao Cancelo, who crossed into the punishment zone for Ronaldo, whose incredible header was pushed out by Oblak however not before it had traversed the line.
Young person Moise Kean botched an opportunity to put Juve ahead soon after falling off the seat, sending wide with just the goalkeeper to beat.
Be that as it may, the conclusive objective accompanied four minutes left when Bernardeschi burst into the punishment zone from the left and was brought somewhere near Angel Correa.
Ronaldo committed no error from the spot to score his 25th objective against Atletico, and fourth cap trap, to start disorder among the home group.
“Juventus played correspondingly to what we did in the principal leg. We battled and they deservedly experience to the quarter-finals,” said Simeone.
“I don’t assume it was our most noticeably bad execution, nor did I see an absence of character. They essentially played better and we need to praise them.”