Ronaldo Treble Takes Juventus Past Athletico

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick was all the Old Lady of Juventus needed to qualify for the Quarter finals despite trailing 2-0 from the first leg.

With their intent known from the onset, the Turin giants and serial Italian Serie A champions were at their devastating best, thanks to Ronaldo.

The Portuguese international had raised the curtains as early as the 4th minute but the goal was ruled out as offside. He soon scored one the referee and the rules had no excuse for on the 27th minute scoring from a Federico Bernadeschi cross.

Four minutes into the second half, Ronaldo set up a pulsating end to the game after scoring from an archetypal header. This placed the Rojiblancos walking on thread and gave Juventus all the momentum to charge for the much needed third goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo brings Madrid magic to Juventus.

Athletico is a team that has always been seen as being impenetrable, largely and has arguably the best defensive organisation in football.

Diego Simeone must be beating himself hard for the chances his team failed to take as they were punished heavily for it on the 89th minute when the former Real Madrid legend, Ronaldo got his third of the encounter to take the game and the contest beyond a deflated Athletico team.

Juventus have not been devastating all season despite the presence of their star man, but it may be one night that will bring the much needed level of performances worthy of being committed to memory like this rare night in Turin.

 

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