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Ronaldo hat-trick sends Juventus pastAtletico, into Champions League quarters
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Ronaldo hat-trick sends Juventus pastAtletico, into Champions League quarters

Rome, Mar 12 : Juventus completed a marvelous comeback in the

Champions League round of 16 second leg as the Serie A giants enjoyed

a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Atletico Madrid with Cristiano

Ronaldo's hat-trick, eliminating the Spanish side 3-2 on aggregate here

on Tuesday.

Juventus were 2-0 down after the first leg that left their Champions

League hopes hanging by a thread. The Bianconeri surged into 2-0 after

50 minutes, and Ronaldo sealed the game with a penalty earned by

Federico Bernardeschi.

With left-back Alex Sandro suspended, Leonardo Spinazzola moved in,

and Massimiliano Allegri opted for Joao Cancelo with a more advanced

role. Bernardeschi was started in a three-forward line spearheaded by

Ronaldo.

The home side poured forward from the very beginning, Giorgio

Chiellini had the ball in the net just four minutes into the game but was

disallowed after the referee viewed the VAR.

Juventus dominated the game and broke the deadlock in the 27th

minute as Bernardeschi swung in a cross and Ronaldo out-jumped

Juanfran to steer his header into the net.

Juventus continued pinning Atletico Madrid back as Chiellini's header

was parried away by Jan Oblak after Bernardeschi's stunning bicycle-

kick over the bar.

Juventus drew level on aggregate just four minutes after the break.

Ronaldo raised between Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez to meet

Cancelo's cross before Oblak clawed it out after the ball actually went

in. Allegri then made tactic change by hauling off Spinazzola and

Mandzukic and throwing on Paulo Dybala and Moise Kean.

Kean missed a good opportunity when he was sent clear but only saw

his attempt wide of the far post. The game culminated on 86th minute

when Bernardeschi burst into the box and was tripped down by Angel

Correa, Ronaldo kept his cool and converted the penalty for his hat-

trick, sending Oblak wrong-footed. XINHUA