Champions League: Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid | Match Report & Talking Points

Defeated 2-0 in the first leg, Juventus humbled Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the 2nd leg with a hat-trick of Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night in the knockout stages of the Champions League. 

He came for that, to bring Juventus back to Europe with a bang after such a long wait (last CL won in 1996). It’s not done yet but the Old Lady can still dream of a third Champions League trophy. The flame that diminished after a disappointing first leg, a 2-0 victory for Atletico de Madrid in Wanda Metropolitano, which will host the final.

Juve, historically have failed qualify in the next round of Champions League, after a loss in the first leg, since 2005-2006. But this Tuesday night, in Juventus vs Atletico Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo once again confirmed the hold he have on a team. Winner of four of the last five Champions League with Real Madrid, CR7 knocked down the Madrid outfit with flying colors, and with a hattrick.

The five-time Golden Ball revived the suspense with a first goal in the 27th minute. A second, at the beginning of the second half 49th minute, indicated by the goal line technology put the two teams tied. The Spaniards, pale, tried to resist, at least go into extra time. But a penalty sealed the fate of this confrontation, by a fault (avoidable) of Correa on Bernardeschi. In strength, CR7 did not tremble from the spot to make it 3-0 in the 86th minute.

In the Real Madrid jersey, Ronaldo had already dominated Atletico. Two wins in the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016 and 22 goals in 31 matches in all competitions. Ronaldo even had a hattrick in the last derby at the Vincente Calderon stadium (0-3). And another on May 2, 2017 in the Champions League semi-final first leg (3-0). He added another triplet on Tuesday night, bringing his total to 124 goals (and 40 assists) in 160 games in the Champions League. A record, of course, that he will try to improve in the quarterfinals.

Two major talking points:

Sensational Cristiano

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The book of Cristiano Ronaldo’s career will be thick. And the Portuguese do not seem to want to write the end. At least not yet. At this hour, no one can even say that the last chapter will be that of the 2018-19 season. And if it needed a title to this ode to football, in Italy moreover, it would certainly be called “maestro”. Against Atletico, Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional. Juve bought him for that. And he did not miss the opportunity with three goals. Then, a warrior mentality, dribbling as we have not seen for a long time, always judicious movements and an understanding of the trajectories, the situation and the always appropriate context. Welcome to the world of football alien.

A shipwreck for Atletico

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They were erected with calculation, and rightly, as a model of grit and collective structure, of surpassing oneself in the organization, and of the sixth sense that is called winning. In Turin, however, they sank. Not getting the slightest chance in the match, except for a Alvaro Morata header in the first period (45 + 2). Muscled, locked, harmless, overwhelmed and sometimes even disillusioned and angry, Atletico’s players never seemed more like a pale copy of what had been their strength in recent years. Griezmann appearing as the symbol of the sinking. The opponent’s plan put the entire edifice under torture. And this Juve seemed insubmersible.

Jeet Ghosh
Jeet Ghosh
Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 8 years of experience. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football leagues around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.