Cristiano Ronaldo scored a spectacular hat-trick to carry his club into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw his side claim a thrilling tie 3-2 on aggregate.
The Portuguese superstar scored two headers either side of half-time and late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant by the Italian Champions in Turin.
He said “it was always going to be a special night and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team, this is the mentality of champions. This is why Juve brought me in, to help on magical night like this.”
Juventus coach Massilmiliano Allegri said “they interpreted the game at their best, I have to congratulate them. This is what we wanted in the first leg, tonight we were lucid, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes.”
This is the eight time that Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in the competition and mirrors his improbable treble which lifted former club Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with Spaniards 2-0 down after first leg.
“Juventus played in a similar way to what we did in the first leg. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the Quarter-finals, and I don’t think it was our worst performance, nor did I see a lack of character. They simply played and we have to congratulate them” said Simeone
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