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UCL: Ronaldo nets hat-trick in Juve comeback win over Atletico; Man City thrash Schalke to advance

Cristiano Ronaldo scored thrice for Juventus in their Champions League round of 16 second leg tie against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Madrid, the Portuguese’s hat-trick was enough to take Juve to the quarterfinals of the competition.

Ronaldo, the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer with 124 goals, opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a close-range header from Federico Bernardeschi’s cross.

He nodded in a second barely four minutes after the break from Joao Cancelo’s delivery, with the goal line technology coming into play.

The game was heading to extra time as both sides stood 2-2 on aggregate, but Ronaldo netted his third from an 86th-minute penalty after Bernardeschi was fouled in the area.

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34-year-old Ronaldo, at the beginning of the season left holders Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League in three consecutive seasons.

He is looking for his sixth winners’ medal, and could achieve the feat with the Serie A champions if they can go all the way this season.

Atletico’s defeat means they miss out on the chance to play the final at their own Wanda Metropolitano stadium on 1 June.

At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City thrashed Bundesliga side, Schalke 7-0 to win their tie 10-2 on aggregate.

The Pep Guardiola side had won the first leg 3-2 before securing a big win at home, with Sergio Aguero scoring a brace and Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus also scoring.

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