Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t resist taking a swipe at Atletico Madrid supporters following his nightmare return to the Spanish capital on Wednesday night.
Uruguay pair Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin struck in the space of five minutes late in the game to edge Atletico closer to a place in the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Juventus
Ronaldo missed a late chance to score an away goal, while he received some rough treatment from the likes of Godin throughout the clash.
Most people would probably slip out the back door after a damaging defeat like that but Ronaldo couldn’t help himself.
Ronaldo was jeered by Atletico supporters on the evening and he responded by putting five fingers up – signifying his five Champions League titles.
In the mixed zone after the match, Ronaldo was asked about the result to which he responded: “This is football”.
When he was pushed further on his thoughts, he said: “I have five Champions Leagues. You [Atletico] have zero.”
During the match, Atletico boss Simeone also lost control of his emotions when he produced one of the most bizarre celebrations you’ve ever seen from a manager following Gimenez’s opening goal.
Ahh, the old cup your balls while you look the crowd in the eyes celebration. Of course, makes perfect sense.
“We know it will be difficult in Turin, I’m sure we will have to suffer a lot. I don’t see any other way to do it,” Simeone told UEFA.com after the match.
Atletico had a penalty decision for a first-half foul on Diego Costa and substitute Alvaro Morata’s goal ruled out after the video assistant referee made two crucial interventions at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
But Simeone’s side emerged stronger after the interval and were rewarded for their perseverance when Gimenez and fellow defender Godin converted from close range in the 78th and 83rd minutes.
“These are my boys,” a proud Simeone said. “There are lots of things you can win, but you remember these moments of a competitive team.
“It’s the best thing that can happen to a sportsman – being in a group that knows how to compete and fight like brothers.
“We were a really strong team. We took the game to where we wanted it to be.
“We got comfortable as the minutes passed, created chances and finally got the goals that give us a win against a really, really strong opponent.”