Ronaldo nets hat-trick to send Juventus into CL quarters

Juventus signed 34-year-old Ronaldo last summer from Real Madrid for 100 million euros in order to make the difference on the continent for the Italian champion

Ronaldo completed his treble with a late penalty, and the result keeps Juve on course for a Serie A and European double in what could reportedly be Massimiliano Allegri's last season in charge of the club.

Late goals from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin had earned Atletico a 2-0 first-leg advantage, but Ronaldo produced two trademark headers in either half and converted a late penalty to clinch a deserved 3-2 aggregate win.

"That's why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this".

Ronaldo is looking for a fourth straight Champions League title, while Madrid were eliminated without him by Ajax last week.

The Italian giants were 2-0 down heading into the second leg of their round of 16 tie against Atletico on Tuesday, leaving them with the hard task of mounting a big comeback.

Massimiliano Allegri's side, unbeaten in their domestic league this season, are now 18 points clear at the top of the table. "All the boys showed their maturity, putting in a great performance". "This is what we wanted in the first leg".

Atletico were made to pay soon after the restart as Juventus and Ronaldo netted their second of the evening, with the forward's towering header going inches over the line despite the best efforts of Oblak.

A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo helps Juventus overturn a two-goal aggregate deficit to see off Atletico Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference maker in Turin as the club moves onto the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League keeping alive Ronaldo's potential wining streak.

"Tonight we were lucid, there was the risk of having a hysterical match, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes", he added.

Defensive specialists Atletico held off the Juventus pressure until the 27th minute, when Ronaldo met a pin-point Bernardeschi cross to head home the opener.

A Chiellini header from a Miralem Pjanic corner was cleared by Oblak, before Alvaro Morata missed a chance for an away goal before the break when he shook off Leonardo Bonucci only to head over.

But the decisive goal came with four minutes left when Bernardeschi burst into the penalty area from the left and was brought down by Angel Correa. "Juventus played very well, we have to congratulate them".

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