Juventus Complete Comeback Thanks To Cristiano Ronaldo

Sherman Parsons
March 16, 2019

"It was meant to be a special night and it was, not just for my goals but for the attitude we showed", said Ronaldo.

After scoring the decisive penalty four minutes from time, Ronaldo turned towards the Atletico fans and replicated Simeone's gesture after the Spaniards' 2-0 first leg win by grasping his genitals and thrusting out his groin.

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed his own performance for Juventus last night as the Serie A side headed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"Atletico was a complicated team to face, but we are also strong and we deserved to go through". I wanted to us play like that also in the first leg, but then I changed something and it didn't go the right way.

"This is the mentality you need to win in the Champions League".

Massimiliano Allegri's side, unbeaten in their domestic league this season, are now 18 points clear at the top of the table.

The Champions League's record scorer took his tally in the tournament to 124, with four goals this season.

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.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor once again wrote his name into the record books with a stellar show.

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Ronaldo did get the second goal three minutes after the break.

Atletico had an early scare when Juventus skipper Giorgio Chiellini, making his 500th Juve appearance, had the ball in the back of the net after four minutes.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo said he also hopes to play a role in European champion's Portugal's up coming matches having not played since the beginning of the season.

Stars like Antoine Griezmann and Diego Godin have stayed with the club despite big offers from rivals, and Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have been added.

Teenager Moise Kean missed a chance to put Juve ahead just after coming off the bench, sending wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

With five minutes left in regulation, Correa brought down Bernardeschi in the box and the referee awarded a penalty.

Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to score his 25th goal against Atletico, and fourth hat-trick, to spark pandemonium among the home crowd.

"I don't think it was lack of commitment or lack of character", Simeone said.

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