Viewers of Juventus’ miraculous Champions League comeback versus Atletico Madrid have flooded to social media to pay tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juventus vs Atletico
The two sides went head to head at the Allianz Stadium a short time ago, in the second-leg of their Champions League last-16 showdown.
Atletico headed into the matchup as overwhelming favourites to book their spot in the tournament’s quarter-finals, on the back of their dominant and thoroughly-deserved 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano 3 weeks ago.
Jose Jimenez and Diego Godin did the damage in Madrid, striking the latest blow to Juventus’ hopes of clinching their first Champions League crown in over 20 years.
Juve turn it around
However, what subsequently unfolded over the last 90 minutes in Turin saw the Bianconeri secure a comeback for the ages.
After seeing a 3rd-minute strike from Giorgio Chiellini ruled out by referee Bjorn Kuipers, Juve went on to take the lead on the night just short of the half-hour mark, as Cristiano Ronaldo buried a back-post header beyond Jan Oblak, following a pinpoint delivery from Federico Bernardeschi:
And Ronaldo was back at it again to level the aggregate score shortly after the interval, with goal-line technology having played a crucial role in confirming that the 34-year-old’s header had in fact crossed the line, despite the best efforts of Oblak:
Juve were running Atletico ragged all over the pitch, with Diego Simeone’s men having looked absolutely shell-shocked throughout proceedings.
And the relentlessness of the hosts eventually saw Juventus add their tie-clinching 3rd four minutes from time, as the irrepressible Federico Bernardeschi was adjudged to have been felled in the Atletico box, allowing man of the hour Ronaldo to step up and rifle home the ensuing spot-kick, in the process booking the Italian champions’ place in the Champions League’s final-8:
Ronaldo steals the show
Juve’s stunning performance has since seen a number of the Old Lady’s players lavished in praise.
The likes of Emre Can, Miralem Pjanic, Leonardo Spinazzola and Federico Bernardeschi were all in irresistible form over the course of the 90 minutes in Turin tonight, as the Serie A giants finally showcased why they were considered by many as Champions League favourites before the season began.
However, unsurprisingly, one of the Bianconeri’s stars, in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo, has since been the talk of social media, as football lovers the world over continue to marvel at the Portuguese superstar’s ability to come up trumps when it matters most: