Ronaldo Hat-Trick Fires Juventus Past Atlético


Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, including two headers and a late penalty, as Juventus stormed back from a 2-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Atlético Madrid 3-0 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

With Atlético packing their defence, Ronaldo made the crucial breakthrough in the 27th minute when he rose to head in Federico Bernardeschi’s cross at the far post.

The 34-year-old levelled the aggregate scores in the last-16 clash three minutes after half-time with another towering header, this time from João Cancelo’s cross.

With four minutes left, Bernardeschi powered into the Atlético area, was pushed in the back by Angel Correa and Ronaldo blasted home the penalty.

The Portuguese is looking for a fourth successive Champions League title, while Real Madrid, who sold him for €100m (£88.3m) last summer, were eliminated by Ajax last week.

[Guardian UK]