Champions League: Ronaldo’s Hat-Trick Inspires Juventus Into Q/Finals …As Manchester City Smashes Schalke 7-0

Cristiano Ronaldo, celebrating one of his goals against Athletico Madrid, during the second le g of their round of 16, yesterday.

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick was all that was required for Juventus to qualify for the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League.
The Portuguese scored two headers and a penalty to help Juventus to a 3-0 victory over their visitors, Atletico Madrid.
The Spanish team had won the first leg 2-0 in Spain.
Juventus thus quality 3-2 on aggregate.
The hat-trick by Ronaldo is also record-equaling, same as the eight hat-tricks that Lionel Messi has in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, Manchester City smashed Schalke 7-0 to comprehensively book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate on Tuesday.
Sergio Aguero struck twice before Leroy Sane came back to haunt his former side before the break.
Sane then turned provider for Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden before Gabriel Jesus rounded off a stunning night for the English champions.
Sane’s stunning free-kick five minutes from time in the first leg that brought 10-man City level at 2-2 in Gelsenkirchen was the turning point in the tie.
A product of Schalke’s academy, Sane did not celebrate his strike that night or City’s third in front of the travelling fans at the Etihad but will have been delighted to again make his case for a more regular start to Pep Guardiola.
A star of City’s romp to the Premier League title last season, Sane has perennially been left on the bench this campaign with Guardiola preferring Sterling, Silva and even Riyad Mahrez of late.
But the German international’s calm finish and assists for Sterling, Silva and Foden took his tally to an impressive 14 goals and 17 assists despite limited minutes.
League Cup winners, Premier League leaders and now both Champions League and FA Cup quarter-finalists.
City may face a gruelling schedule in the final two months of the season, but they remain on course to make history with a quadruple of trophies.
Undoubtedly tougher tests than a Schalke side languishing just above the Bundesliga relegation zone lie in wait.
However, the impact made by Foden and Jesus off the bench suggests City have the strength in depth to cope with going for glory on four fronts, whilst the likes of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy will soon be back from injury to lend their hand to the quadruple quest.