Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid (3-2 on agg): Cristiano Ronaldo drags Serie A champions into Champions League quarter-finals with stunning hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo smashed home a late penalty to send Juventus through to the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Atletico Madrid.

Despite leading 2-0 from the first leg, Deigo Simeone’s men were under pressure from the first minute.

Under a barrage of crosses from the flanks, the La Liga side wilted under the pressure as they crashed out of Europe courtesy of another Ronaldo hat-trick.

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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his hat-trick against Atletico

Once Atletico’s tormentor-in-chief at Real, the Portugal captain proved to the world he is the man for the big occasion with another startling performance.

Juventus claimed the lead at home to after 27 minutes when Ronaldo found the target with a bullet header.

That meant the Serie A leaders were 2-1 behind on aggregate, Ronaldo powering home a Federico Bernardeschi delivery.

The scores were level four minutes into the second half when the 34-year-old made it 2-0 on the night.

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Ronaldo heads home his first to settle the Juve nerves

This time it was Joao Cancelo who set the chance up and Ronaldo made it 2-2 on aggregate.

The Bianconeri led the tie for the first time as the forward completed his hat-trick with four minutes to go.

Bernardeschi was pushed in the area by Angel Correa and Ronaldo made no mistake from the penalty spot to make it 3-0 and put his side 3-2 ahead in the tie.

STAR MAN – Cristiano Ronaldo

Who else? The man for the big occasion, Cristiano Ronaldo proved once again he is one of the best to ever play the game as he dominated the stubborn Atletico defence.

Just 24 hours after predicting he would score a hat-trick, Ronaldo inevitably scored three times to prove once again why he is the best in the world.

The nerve to send Jan Oblak the wrong way and slam home his penalty was astounding as well.

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Ronaldo thwacks home the winning spot kick

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Despite appearing to claw the ball away from goal, Jan Oblak failed to keep out the equaliser from Ronaldo in the second half.

The referee received an alert on his watch to say the whole of the ball had crossed the line and the tie was completely level once again.

While it is pure conjecture, seeing the goal ruled out may well have been the catalyst for an Atletico comeback.

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