Juventus made a huge success tonight and eliminated Atletico Madrid despite being two goals behind after the first leg in Spain.
Cristiano Haunts Atletico
The man of the match was the unbelievable Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored three goals, and single-handedly pushed his team into 8 best teams in Europe.
It was 3-0 for the Old Lady, who caught up the deficit from the first leg.
The Portuguese superstar was simply unstoppable and his goals came at the right moments, with the final one coming only four minutes before the end, not giving time for Atletico to make the response.
But even if the Spaniards had time, we firmly believe that they couldn’t do anything. The guests from Madrid didn’t have a single shot on goal, therefore making their elimination even more painful.
Diego Simeone’s boys were looking pale, without motivation, and above all, very scared. There wasn’t a trace of one of the best defenses in Europe over the past decade.
Ronaldo opened his show after 27 minutes of play. Bernardeschi made a cross from the left side to the far right post, where Ronaldo flew in and smashed a header into Oblak’s net.
Nothing changed until the halftime, but as soon as the second part of the game opened, that is three minutes into it, Ronaldo put his name on the scoresheet once more. Again after a header. The goal-line technology had to intervene, and after the reaction from the system, the referee pointed towards the center of the field.
Juventus was dominant until the end, and to be honest it was just a matter of time before they score that third goal.
Bernardeschi was magnificent tonight, and Juve’s winger forced a penalty four minutes before the end after Correa made a reckless tackle from behind, bringing the Italian down.
There wasn’t any doubt who is going to take that penalty, and the Portuguese calmly scored a third of the game, his 25th in the career against Atletico, sending them back home without the next phase.
Man City Counts to Seven
In the second game of the day, Manchester City humiliated Schalke with 7-0, annihilating the Germans and inflicting them one of the worst defeats in their history.
Aguero scored twice, Leroy Sane, Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Foden, and Gabriel Jesus all netted one goal each.
The Germans were resisting for the first 34 minutes, but Aguero’s goal from the penalty triggered the avalanche, and in the next seven minutes, they allowed two more goals, heading the locker room with a three-goal deficit.
After that, it was all routine for the Citizens.
Guardiola’s boys didn’t have any mercy toward the Miners, and they decided to crush the rivals without any respect.
In two last games of this stage, Barcelona awaits Lyon tomorrow at Camp Now. The first leg ended with 0-0 in France.
The derby of the whole round is at Allianz Arena in Munich, where Bayern meets Liverpool. The previous clash at Anfield was also without goals, and that makes this event even more thrilling and interesting.