Champions League: Ronaldo Hat-trick Fires Juve into Quarters, City Destroy Schalke

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a sensational hat-trick to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Tuesday that saw them advance 3-2 on aggregate.

The Portuguese superstar scored two bullet headers either side of halftime and a late penalty to clinch a place in Friday’s last-eight draw with a dominant display by the Italian champions in Turin.

“It was always going to be a special night and it was, not only for the goals, but for the team,” said Ronaldo.

“This is the mentality of champions. This is why Juve brought me in, to help on magical nights like this.”

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.

It is the eighth time that Ronaldo has scored a hat-trick in the competition and reflects his improbable treble which lifted former club Real Madrid past Wolfsburg in April 2016 with the Spaniards 2-0 down after the first leg.

Elsewhere on the night, Manchester City powered into the quarterfinals with a 7-0 rout of hapless Schalke on Tuesday.

City had snatched two late goals to win the first leg 3-2 and they made the most of that fightback with a ruthless demolition job at the Etihad Stadium to clinch a 10-2 last-16 aggregate victory.

Sergio Aguero’s penalty opened the scoring in the 35th minute and the Argentine forward netted again soon afterwards before Leroy Sane, who also contributed three assists, struck against his former club.

Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus all scored after the interval to complete City’s biggest home win in the Champions League.

Guardiola’s side, who lifted the League Cup in February, remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple, sitting one point ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League before this weekend’s FA Cup quarterfinal at Swansea.

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