Ronaldo Hat-trick Overturns Two-goal Deficit To Send Juventus Through
Cristiano Ronaldo once again underlined his worth in Europe’s elite competition as his hat-trick overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid to send Juventus into the Champions League last eight.
Ronaldo, looking for his sixth winners’ medal, was the focal point of many of Juve’s attacks as the Serie A champions looked to unlock one of Europe’s tightest defences.
The 34-year-old scored first in the 27th minute when he got in front of Juanfran to head in Federico Bernardeschi’s cross at the far post.
Four minutes after the break the former Real Madrid forward levelled the tie with another header. This was needed the video assistant referee to confirm it was a goal after keeper Jan Oblak initially appeared to have clawed the ball off the line.
With four minutes remaining the comeback was complete. Bernardeschi, who was exceptional throughout the match, made a lung-busting run from just inside the Atletico half before he was pushed over by Angel Correa in the area.
Referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot and Ronaldo smashed home the penalty. It was his 124th goal in the Champions League.
Juventus’ fans erupted on the final whistle and the players rushed to Ronaldo after he delivered one of the most memorable European nights in the club’s history.
Atletico’s defeat means they miss out on the chance to play the final at their own Wanda Metropolitano stadium on 1 June.