Ronaldo hat-trick lifts Juventus to Champions League quarters
With odds stacked against Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved why he is one of the best players of all-time.
Juventus defeated Atletico Madrid 3-0 on Tuesday in the UEFA Champions League, thanks to an hat-trick by Ronaldo, to advance to the quarter finals on a 3-2 aggregate.
With his side down 2-0 after the first leg at Wanda Metropolitano, Ronaldo stepped up for Juventus.
Scoring his 122-124 Champions League goals – the most ever – Ronaldo equaled Lionel Messi with the most hat-tricks scored in the Champions League.
Ronaldo’s first goal came in the 27 minute, when he scored a powerful header off Federico Bernardeschi’s cross inside the six yard box.
His second goal at the start of the second half, when another header was saved initially by goalkeeper Jan Oblak, but the ball trickled passed the goal line, confirmed by goal-line technology.
Juventus scored one more in the 86 minute, when Bernardeschi was pushed to the floor by Atletico Madrid player Correa in the 83 minute, the referee rewarded a penalty kick.
Ronaldo scored the penalty and completed the hat-trick and gave his team victory over the Spanish side.
Manchester City blew out Schalke 04 with a score of 7-0 at home, and advanced to the quarter-finals on a 10-2 aggregate.
City registered its biggest win in the Champions League, while it was also counted as the biggest single-leg win in the tournament history.
City’s goals came from Sergio Aguero (35, 38), Leroy Sane (42), Raheem Sterling (56), Bernardo Silva (71), James Foden (78) and Gabriel Jesus (84).
The quarter-finals draw will be made Friday, March 15.
Anadolu news agency
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