Cristiano hat trick powers Juventus over Atletico


The 34-year-old became the first player to score 125 goals in Uefa club competitions and has scored 18 goals in his last 14 Champions League knockout games.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the world, he can put in these performances on big nights", added the Argentinian coach.

Juventus should have moved ahead on aggregate with eight minutes remaining through substitute Moise Kean, but the youngster dragged a volley wide of the far post from 10 yards out after being played through on goal.

The incident had the potential to hinder Juventus, but to their credit Allegri's side continued about their business as they went in search of a much-needed goal. The team lost in the Champions League final to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016, and was eliminated by the same team in the 2017 semifinals. "That is the sort of mentality you need to win the Champions League".

"Ronaldo? He's fantastic", Cancelo said.

Juventus have never before overturned a two-goal deficit at home in an European competition - but then they never had Cristiano Ronaldo leading their attack.

The Portugal worldwide was signed by Juve for £100million last summer and a serious tilt at the Champions League was part of the reason that he moved to the club. The Italian title-holders have not won the Champions League since 1996, and have finished runners-up twice in the past four seasons.

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"It's too early to talk about the final, let's take it one step at a time".

Diego Simeone's Atletico were a shadow of the team who had run riot in the first leg in Madrid, and crashed out of the tournament they had been hoping to win in their own Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on June 1. We Argentines are proud that Lionel Messi is Argentinian.

Ronaldo's latest Champions League heroics led to a huge rise in Juventus' share price when the markets opened on Wednesday morning.

Atletico, who had not conceded a goal in their previous four Champions League games, packed their defence believing they could shut Ronaldo out again.

"It was a superb match tonight, with a wonderful public".

Allegri's side came out firing, dominating the first half with nine shots on goal compared to three for the Spaniards.

"It's a great night for the Juventus family and we responded on the field", Bonucci said.