Ferdinand hails Ronaldo after masterful Juventus hat-trick

Ferdinand hails Ronaldo after masterful Juventus hat-trick

"This is the mentality you need to win in the Champions League".

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick was all that was required for Juventus to qualify for the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League.

The final of those three quarter-final goals was a 98th-minute penalty to knock Juventus out at the Bernabeu. "We had been waiting for this evening for a long time and we risked having a frenetic game, instead we had to pressure them whilst also keeping a balance, and we did it".

They point out that record scorer Ronaldo moved to an astonishing 124 goals in the competition. Atletico are always hard to face, but we are also strong and we proved it.

The Atleti defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin scored a goal each and kept the rearguard tight enough to frustrate Juventus all night long.

The second followed along five minutes into the second half, when a sprawling Jan Oblak came within centimetres of swatting another powerful Ronaldo header away, only for goal-line technology to confirm that the whole of the ball had *just* crossed the white paint.

Juventus last won the title in 1996.

Ronaldo nearly scored when his long-range free kick forced Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak to make a hard save in the ninth minute.


Second-half goals from Sterling (56th minute), Bernardo Silva (71st), Phil Foden (78th) and Gabriel Jesus (84th) were exclamation points on a dominant performance in Manchester.

Leonardo Spinazzola makes his Champions League debut at left-back, replacing suspended Alex Sandro, with Joao Cancelo on the right.

Kean was the star performer for Juventus as he scored 2 goals.

Tuesday's match may hurt just as much as those losses in Lisbon and Milan with Ronaldo's goals this time denying Atletico the chance of a Champions League final in their home stadium.

Now 34, he had become used to being used sparingly by Real in order to ensure he was in peak competition for the latter stages of the season - in 2016-17 he scored 10 times in Champions League knockout games alone.

Juventus was runner-up in the Champions League in 2015 and 2017.

"He will have seen how I did it at the Wanda Metropolitano and, like me, was trying to show his character".

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