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
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
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
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