*All times SAST.
UCL fixtures and results, 12 March
Juventus 3(3) vs 0(2) Atletico Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired yet another incredible Champions League performance, ending a lean run in front of goal on the continent in the process.
Ronaldo proved to have the head for the moment as he headed home either side of half-time to erase Atletico’s hard fought first leg lead.
There was some confusion about the second goal with the referee getting the buzz on his watch to indicate the ball had crossed the line after Jan Oblak appeared to have clawed out a thumping header.
Juventus looked the more likely and when Bernadeschi was brought down in the area by Correa that man Ronaldo would step up to take the penalty on a hat-trick. The Portuguese phenomenon slammed home the spot kick to equal Lionel Messi’s Champions League hat-trick record.
Manchester City 7(10) vs 0(2) FC Schalke
Heroic comebacks have been something a of theme in the Champions League last sixteen but Manchester City weren’t in the mood for German fairytales tonight.
City were ruthless in dispatching their wounded opponents and had put the game to bed by halftime with a seven minute blitz that started with a spot kick awarded to the hosts after Bruma brought down Bernardo Silva. Sergio Aguero buried the spot kick and moments later muscled the ball into the back of the net to make it 2-0 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.
Leroy Sane added to his former club’s misery in the 42nd minute when he got on the end of a throughball from Zinchenko and fired past Ralf Fährmann in the Schalke goal.
Raheem Sterling has been a big part of City’s success this season and was again influential and would be rewarded with a goal that really killed of any fight in the Schalke team.
The comfortable match situation allowed Pep Guardiola to ring the changes and haul off Aguero and David Silva, shortly after the manager brought on a third sub in Fabian Delph, Bernardo Silva gave City a five goal advantage on the night, giving the end of the game a victory lap feel to it.
One of those subs, young Phil Foden got a Champions League keepsake as City continued to come at a hapless Schalke and made it 6-0 on the night on 78 minutes.
There was no let up for Schalke as Jesus made it 7-0 and it became clear that City are the most ruthless team in the world. Schalke’s 7-0 loss is the biggest ever suffered by a german club.
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