Bjorn Kuipers

()Cristiano Ronaldo was under no illusions when he signed for Juventus last July.

On Tuesday night, he accepted the chenge in a way only he could, dragging his back from the brink and firing it into the quterfinals of .
Trailing 2-0 from the the first leg in Madrid, Ronaldo led his to victory by scoring three goals in a 3-0 win agnst Atico in Turin, including a tic 86th minute penalty.
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    It was the Juventus had come back from a two-goal defeat in the leg, prompting Ronaldo to tell Sky Italia: “be that’s why Juventus signed me. To it do that it had never done before. This result is a push for the future, we’re strong and we showed it.”
    Atico must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo pushing for the future — he’s sco a remkable 25 goals in 33 agnst the Spanish .
    His winning strike — his eighth hat-trick — spked celebrations in Juventus and must have made those in the higher echelons at Real ponder whether they should have ever him leave.
    Juventus won’t ce though. Not since 1996 has it won and after defeats in the 2015 and 2017 finals, Ronaldo was brought in for one pur and one pur only — to win the title.
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    His $117 million move from Real was never about ensuring an eighth ive domestic league title for Juventus, nor was it about shirts or bolstering the .
    For Juventus, it was for nights like Tuesday w one of ’s truly global supersts provided yet an reer, why at the of 34, he’s not done yet.
    And yet, Ronaldo, the competition’s ing sr with 121 in 159 going into this contest, had struggled in this son’s .
    A of the second leg in Turin, Ronaldo had mand just one goal in his si this son, his lowest ty in a single campgn since 2005/06 w he ed to s at .
    According to Who Scored, of the 69 s to have had 10 or more shots, Ronaldo had the worst conversion rate (2.9%) than any in this son.
    And yet, when Juventus needed its talisman the most, the man who always seems to thrive on the biggest s of , Ronaldo delive.
    Juventus, so insipid in the leg three weeks ago, dominated the opening s and felt it should have gone a after just four minutes when Ronaldo chenged Atico Jan Oblak, and the b fell to Juventus’ Giorgio Chiellini to .
    As Juventus s rushed to celebrate, ruled out the goal for a foul by Ronaldo.
    Unperturbed, the pressed on and eventuy found a way through when Ronaldo powe a er from close-range after meeting Federico Berndeschi’s cross.
    Four minutes after the interval it was 2-0, this Ronaldo meeting Joao Cancelo’s cross from the right to the b inches over the goine.

    Famili foe

    When Ronaldo left Real for Juventus last July t were few in the and white half of the who were to see him go.
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    For Atico, Ronaldo had been a thorn in its throughout his nine-ye in the Spanish capital.
    Only Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) had conceded more goals to Ronaldo than Atico during the ’s at Real.
    Not forgetting, of course, the two final defeats by Ronaldo-inspi Real, both in 2014 and agn in 2016.
    But for Atico, this was supd to be different. It had won the leg 2-0, and Ronaldo had ed to make an imp upon his return to .
    Yet, w Atico was tigerish and itiable in the leg, it was outfought, outplayed and rely ed like being able to preserve its leg advant.
    “We weren’t able to find ways to attack them,” Atico Diego Godin t s.
    “They were able to s and we couldn’t s the goal that we needed to qualify. We continue giving it our until the end of the son.”
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    Atico, kn for having one of the most miserly defenses in an , simply could not cope with the movement and intricacy of its opponents.
    At 2-0, 2-2 on aggregate, Juventus smelled blood. Just minutes after Moise Kean had fi a wning shot, rowing his effort just wide of the Atico goal, the Italian landed the knockout blow.
    Berndeschi, a constant menace in the Juventus mid, danced his way into the penalty ea w he was fouled by Angel Correa.
    That left the set for Ronaldo, who fi from the spot to send Juventus into the last eight and inflict yet more misery on Atico.
    “It was always going to be a special night and it was, not only for the goals, but for the ,” Ronaldo added.
    “This is the mentality of champions, this is the journey to follow, we enjoyed a magical night. Atico were a difficult , but we were strong too. We see what hen.”

    strolls past Schalke

    In the night’s , cruised to a 7-0 victory over German Schalke to secure a 10-2 aggregate victory.
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    Sergio Aguero sco twice with Leon Sane, Raheem Sterling, Berndo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel also on .
      “It was a cle result,” boss Pep Gudiola t BT .
      “We e hy to get to the quterfinals. We didn’t stt that well, we were a bit sced to play. But after it went 1-0, we relaed and decided to play and be aggressive.”

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