Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick propels Juventus past Atletico Madrid and into Champions League quarter-finals
Bernardeschi slaloms into the Atletico box, Correa gets the wrong side and bundles him over! Kuipers points straight to the spot. Ronaldo to take, you would presume...
Ronaldo has his hat-trick. Juventus have turned this tie right around. This is about as clinical a reversal of a 2-0 aggregate deficit you're going to see. Ronaldo, to repeat, has his hat-trick.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the moment as his incredible hat-trick saw Juventus qualify for the Champions League last eight with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo put the Bianconeri ahead on 26 minutes after getting on the end of Federico Bernadeschi's cross.
Three minutes after the break, his header was adjudged to have crossed the line by goal-line technology and he sealed the hat-trick from the penalty spot with just five minutes to go to seal a memorable comeback.
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had already played a huge part in deciding Manchester United and Ajax's memorable comebacks last week and it featured at the Allianz Stadium inside the first four minutes.
Giorgio Chiellini thought he had put the Old Lady ahead after Jan Oblak spilled the ball under pressure from Ronaldo. However, referee Bjorn Kuipers blew up for a foul after the challenge from Ronaldo and the decision stood after consulting VAR, even if replays showed little wrongdoing by the Portuguese star.
But the 33-year-old would get his reward when he gave Juventus the lead. Bernadeschi did well to create some space on the edge of the box and with a fine cross to the back post, Ronaldo rose above Juanfran dominantly to power his header past Jan Oblak.
The goal truly lifted the Allianz Stadium and Juve continued to press, with Spinazzola and Bernadeschi in particular causing problems on the flanks.
Ronaldo had a chance for a second with an almost identicable scenario as the first goal, but from Spinazzola's cross, he headed wide.
After the interval, the Italian giants began on the front foot again and within three minutes they were level on aggregate, this time thanks to technology.
It was Ronaldo who got up highest again to meet the cross from Joao Cancelo and it looked as if Oblak had made an unbelievable save to keep out the former Madrid star, but goal-line technology showed the ball had crossed the line by inches and Juve were level.
Just like the first half, it was one-way traffic as Atletico really struggled to contain the Italian juggernaut that hadn't lost a league game all season.
Substitute Moise Kean, who scored twice at the weekend, nearly made the headlines after being sent through by Miralem Pjanic but the 19-year-old fired just wide of the far post.
But it was to be Ronaldo's night. The excellent Bernadeschi ran past Correa down the left and surged into the box. The Italian winger got the slighest of nudges from the Atleti man and referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot.
Drama. VAR confirmed the penalty was correctly awarded and up stepped Ronaldo with all the pressure on his shoulders. But he looked the coolest man in the stadium, sending Oblak the wrong way to clinch his hat-trick and ensure it was a night to remember for the Old Lady -- and yet more Champions League heartache for Atletico Madrid.
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