Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo goads Atletico with Simeone crotch-grabbing celebration

Hat-trick hero Ronaldo goads Atletico with Simeone crotch-grabbing celebration

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

The Bianconeri were staring at a last 16 exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid ahead of Tuesday night's home leg, having fallen to a 2-0 defeat in the Spanish capital three weeks ago.

In different colours this time, the Portuguese forward displayed why he was the flawless man for the occasion as a sublime hat-trick from him helped Juventus overturn a 2-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid that sealed a ticket into the quarterfinals for the Bianconeri.

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. 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.

Paulo Dybala will start on the bench when Juventus take on Atlético Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

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

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.

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

The Turin based club enjoyed more than 20 per cent rise in shares after the Portuguese scored the three goals.

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.

Ronaldo opened the scoring with a terrific first-half header and levelled the aggregate score four minutes into the second half. "We didn't have many chances apart from (Alvaro) Morata's header".

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

"I don't think it was our worst performance, nor did I see a lack of character".

He has also given Juventus a new focus this season as they are already practically assured of an eighth consecutive Scudetto with an 18-point advantage on their nearest rivals.

"You must congratulate opponents when they play a game like that and you are beaten like today".

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