Champions League : Ronaldo hat-trick stuns Atletico, Man City thrash Schalke

Agency, 13 March : Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Juventus stunned Atletico Madrid 3-0 to reach the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

Trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Madrid, Juventus thought they had halved the deficit within four minutes when Giorgio Chiellini turned the ball in from a corner, but his effort was ruled out by VAR.

But Ronaldo – who had only scored one Champions League goal all season coming into the game – gave them hope when he headed in Federico Bernadeschi’s cross with 27 minutes gone, and pulled Juve level three minutes after the break from another wide delivery.

With extra-time looming, Bernadeschi was nudged over by Angel Correa inside the Atletico box and referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed straight to the spot, from which Ronaldo showed nerves of steel to send Jan Oblak the wrong way and fire Juventus into the quarter-finals.

Seven-goal Man City thrash Schalke in last 16

Manchester City cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals as an emphatic 7-0 second-leg victory over Schalke saw them progress 10-2 on aggregate.

Sergio Aguero atoned for missing an early sitter with two first-half goals – the first of which was a Panenka penalty – before Leroy Sane put the tie beyond his former club with City’s third before the interval.

Sane then turned provider, setting up Raheem Sterling for a clinical fourth – his sixth goal in his last three appearances – Bernardo Silva for a fifth and Phil Foden for a sixth – his first goal in European football.

Gabriel Jesus completed the rout with City’s seventh to cap a perfect night for Pep Guardiola’s side, who await their fate in Friday’s quarter-final and semi-final draw.

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