Sports News of Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey could only watch his Atletico Madrid side get knocked out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night following a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick heroics for Juventus.
Partey was serving a one game suspension following the accumulation of yellow cards as HJuventus overtuned a 2-0 defeat to go through 3-2 on aggregate.
The Italian giants 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 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.