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Ronaldo hat-trick inspires remarkable Juventus comeback


Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick rallied Juventus to a 3-0 win (3-2 aggregate) over Atletico Madrid to lead the Serie A side into the Champions League quarterfinals.

Atletico entered Wednesday's match protecting a 2-0 lead after their home win at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium two weeks ago, but saw the advantage crumble under the stellar play of the Portuguese star.

With the hat trick, Ronaldo ties Barcelona's Lionel Messi for most in Champions League history at eight apiece. Juventus reach their 12th Champions League quarterfinals appearance in the club's history, fifth for most all-time.

"It was a special night, we haven't won anything yet, but we are on our way," Ronaldo said after the match. "This is why Juventus signed me ... it was a magical night."

Juventus kept the pressure throughout the first half against their La Liga opponents, and Giorgio Chiellini seemingly scored for the hosts in sixth minute, only for the officials to rule it off.

But there was no question on Ronaldo's back-post header over Atletico defender Juanfran in the 26th minute, which sailed past goalkeeper Jan Oblak for Juve's opening goal.

Four minutes after the break, Ronaldo made it two with another stellar header. Oblak had managed to get a hand on the ball, but only after the referee's watch indicated it had just crossed over the line.

Ronaldo stamped Juventus' passage to the next round with his third goal -- a converted penalty in the 86th minute.

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