Ronaldo inspires Juventus into Champions League quarter-finals


The Juventus Stadium last night witnessed a power packed performance from Cristiano Ronaldo as he scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.

Juventus not only have to win the second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday (4 p.m. ET on TNT), but they'll need to do so by at least two goals to advance to the quarterfinals.

UEFA fined the Argentine manager £17,000 for improper conduct, but that didn't stop Ronaldo from firing back a response.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick secured progression for Juventus on a stunning night of Champions League action as Atlético Madrid bowed out of Europe.

"In the first leg we played well and hurt them".

"For sure he did the same as I did at the Wanda [Metropolitano], thinking about the fans and showing the personality of a great club like Juventus". They pushed us back.

Manchester City breezed into the Champions League quarterfinals on Tuesday, but Pep Guardiola thinks Cristiano Ronaldo served a warning of how hard it will be for the Premier League champions to win the trophy for the first time.

On the other side of the coin, Atletico Madrid also won their previous match as they beat Leganes at home 1-0. "Juventus signed him for nights like this and tonight he made the difference".

Manchester City have qualified for the last eight for the third time in four seasons after a 7-0 win at home to Schalke sealed a 10-2 aggregate victory.

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Simeone took Ronaldo's taunt in good spirit, claiming it was a show of solidarity with the Bianconeri's ecstatic supporters.

"Certainly all that was said had touched us personally and when that happens, you give that bit more. We struggled and they deservedly go through to the quarter-finals".

"Surely we were wrong in many things but that's what I tell my players".

Manchester City, in the other game of the night, blew past a awful Schalke 04 7-0 on the night to advance 10-2 on aggregate.

Everybody thought Juventus were down and out.

Italy forward Federico Bernardeschi was handed a start instead of Paulo Dybala for Juventus, and he responded by putting in a cross from the left for Ronaldo to head in at the far post in the 27th minute.

The Portuguese struck either side of half-time to level the aggregate scores before crashing home the decisive penalty kick four minutes from the end.

The ex-Real Madrid man put the final nail in the coffin in the 86th minute from a penalty after Angel Correa tripped Bernardeschi in the box.