Cristiano Ronaldo equals Lionel Messi record to complete Juventus’ stunning comeback against Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to complete Juventus’ stunning Champions League comeback against Atletico Madrid. Juve were faced with a tough task of qualifying following a 2-0 defeat to Atletico in the first leg, while Diego Simeone’s side headed into Tuesday’s game having kept a clean sheet in their last five matches.
But Ronaldo struck three times in Turin to equal Lionel Messi’s record of eight hat-tricks in the Champions League and secure Juve’s place in the quarter-finals of the competition. The Italian champions started the second leg brightly and had a goal ruled out in the fourth minute after VAR ruled that Ronaldo had fouled Jan Oblak before Giorgio Chiellini poked the ball into the net. Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 27th minute as Ronaldo rose above Juanfran to head Federico Bernardeschi’s cross past Oblak.
Juve remained on the front foot for the majority of the first half but they did not get their second goal until after the break as Ronaldo got the better of Diego Godin in the air to send a thumping header towards goal. Oblak appeared to have pulled off an excellent save to deny Ronaldo but goalline technology alerted referee Bjorn Kuipers to the fact that the ball had narrowly crossed the line in the air. With the tie level, Atletico were struggling to mount any threatening attacks and came close to conceding a third late on as Moise Kean was put through on goal, but the 19-year-old dragged his shot past Oblak’s post.
But Ronaldo was on hand to decide the tie in the 86th minute after Angel Correa pushed Bernardeschi in the area to concede a penalty. Ronaldo stepped up to thump his penalty past Oblak, who went the wrong way, and dump Atletico out of the competition.