Ronaldo’s hat trick sends Juve into Champions League quarterfinals


Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a hat trick against his favourite victims as Juventus stormed back from a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the return and reach the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Ronaldo made the breakthrough in the 27th minute, levelled the aggregate score three minutes after halftime with another towering header and blasted home the decisive goal from a penalty with four minutes left to seal a 3-2 overall triumph.

It was his eighth hat-trick in the Champions League, pulling him level with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi. The former Real Madrid player also took his tally against Atletico to 25 goals in 33 matches in all competitions.