Juventus Complete Comeback Thanks To Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus Complete Comeback Thanks To Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus Complete Comeback Thanks To Cristiano Ronaldo

One man was the reason of this comeback and it is Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It would have been odd for Ronaldo to finish the Champions League with just one goal", said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

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

English clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have reached the last eight of the Champions League, along with Ajax Amsterdam and Porto.

"This is why Juventus bought me, to help them in games like this", said the 34-year-old.

"Atletico was a complicated team to face, but we are also strong and we deserved to go through".

"It had to be a special night and it was, not just for the goals, but for the team and their incredible attitude", said Ronaldo. "All the boys showed their maturity, putting in a great performance".

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The win earned Juventus a spot in the quarterfinals, worth at least 16 million euros ($18 million) from UEFA and ticket sales. 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.

"Tonight we were lucid, there was the risk of having a hysterical match, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes", he added. He now has the Champions League records for the most goals, most assists, most penalties, most free-kicks an the most goals in the knockout rounds.

Ronaldo, who one year ago scored a memorable bicycle kick goal for Real at Juve in a Champions League match and was applauded off the field by the home fans in Turin, had also begun to look stale in recent Serie A matches.

Atleti did an admirable job of keeping their shape, yet the pressure continued to build and the breakthrough came in the 27th minute, when Ronaldo got his head to Federico Bernardeschi's cross and beat Oblak to cut the visitors' edge in half.

A Chiellini header from a Miralem Pjanic corner was cleared by Oblak, before Alvaro Morata missed a chance for an away goal before the break when he shook off Leonardo Bonucci only to head over.

With five minutes left in regulation, Correa brought down Bernardeschi in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. "Juventus played very well, we have to congratulate them".

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