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.
— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) March 12, 2019
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.
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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.
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