Two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties fired Juventus to a stunning 3-0 win at Barcelona which earned them top spot in Champions League Group G. The striker won his battle against Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou as Juve leapfrogged the home side. Messi, Ronaldo set to renew stellar rivalry in Champions League AFP December 6, 2020 AFP No Comments Madrid (AFP) – Lionel Messi’s rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo has enthralled football for the better part of a decade, and the pair will duel for potentially the final time when Barcelona host Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday. Andrea Pirlo's Juventus lost 2-0 at home against Barcelona in October without Ronaldo, sidelined with Covid-19, but were greatly improved and earned the first Champions League … Ronaldo, 35, netted twice in … "The defeat was because of how we played in the opening 25 minutes," Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman said. Last modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020 03.08 GMT. Lukasz Piszczek and Axel Witsel struck in the second half as the group winners Borussia Dortmund recovered from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at Zenit St Petersburg after Sebastián Driussi gave the home side the lead. However, this time, Juventus were able to change their fortunes. Ronaldo is the UEFA Champions league all-time top goalscorer with 134 goals while Lionel … Below is the UEFA Champions League team after this week’s group stage match-day six fixtures: Forwards: Neymar (PSG), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus), Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Juventus and Barcelona will now advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League. Messi was denied by Gianluigi Buffon a minute later and twice fired at the goalkeeper before the interval as Barça tried to find a way back. Neymar scores twice, leads PSG over Manchester United in Champions League, Champions League soccer: Giroud scores four as Chelsea sinks Sevilla, Coach Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool 'deserved' Champions League loss. Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, netted his 750th career goals as they beat Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night. 1 as top five remains unchanged, Luka Doncic leads Mavericks over Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, This week in the National Football League. In Group F, Lazio qualified for the last 16 for the first time since 1999 after drawing 2-2 with Club Brugge. When these two teams had met earlier in the Champions League, Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-0 in the absence of Ronaldo. Ronaldo, now 35, and Messi, 33, are the top two scorers in the history of the Champions League competition, with Ronaldo's 134 goals (in 174 matches) bettering Messi's 118 (in 147 games). "As I have said before, for 12, 13, 14 years [I have been] sharing prizes with him. I am sure he will say the same if you ask him. The Portuguese star departed Real Madrid for Juventus two months later. "The time has come to open a new stage in my life," said Cristiano Ronaldo as it was announced he would be leaving Real Madrid for Juventus in a … Ronaldo has scored nine goals in seven appearances in Serie A and the Champions League heading into Wednesday's encounter against the Ukrainian side.. Messi overshadowed as Juventus grab 3-0 win they need, Lazio reach last 16 for the first time since 1999. 00:23 14/12/2020 Live Ronaldo 2009 stunner against Porto. Seven minutes later, McKennie put the Italian champions ahead by two goals with a stunning volley. "I never saw him as a rival. The visitors doubled their lead seven minutes later when McKennie volleyed in Juan Cuadrado’s cross from six yards after Aaron Ramsey’s bustling run. Ronaldo converted another penalty kick in the 52nd minute when Clement Lenglet was penalized for a handball to seal the victory. An epic night of Champions League football has thrown up some compelling results. 2. Interestingly, despite being two years younger than Ronaldo, Messi was the first of the pair to get a Champions League winner's medal. If you think Gomis' record isn't all that impressive, just remember that Cristiano Ronaldo's fastest ever Champions League hat-trick came in 11 minutes. He always tried the best for his team and I tried the best for mine. Copyright © 2020 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 02:54 14/12/2020 Live Barça's 2017 comeback against Paris. Meet the Champions League last 16. Elsewhere in the group, Dynamo Kiev beat Ferencvaros 1-0 thanks to Denys Popov’s goal as they clinched third spot. The last matchup between the two soccer legends came in May 2018, when Ronaldo was still playing for Real Madrid. Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals and United States Men's National Team star Weston McKennie added another as Juventus earned a 3-0 win over Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona in the Champions League Group G finale Tuesday at Camp Nou in Spain. It was the 36th all-time meeting between Ronaldo and Messi for both club and country, although this marked the first time they faced off in the UCL group stage. Cristiano Ronaldo rocked up to the Camp Nou, scored two … The referee needed to check his monitor during a VAR review after Clément Lenglet handled in the area before awarding the spot-kick and Ronaldo sent Marc-André ter Stegen the wrong way. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were supposed to meet just prior to Halloween for a Champions League showdown between Barcelona and Juventus in Italy on Matchday 1. "We started badly, we looked scared, we weren't aggressive. However, Ronaldo has more Champions League wins (five to four) and two pieces of silverware at senior international level – something that has evaded Messi. Tuesday's game was the first meeting between Ronaldo and Messi in more than two years. Cristiano Ronaldo scores 750th goal in football career, Neymar hurts Manchester United in UEFA Champions League Even though, the buzz for the game has gone through the roof, the two stars haven't been at their best in the recent past, considering the age hasn't been on their side. It looked as if we'd come out looking not to lose, as opposed to trying to control the game. Barcelona’s 25-match unbeaten run in the Champions League group stage was over – a sequence going back to 2016 – and Buffon stopped Messi grabbing a late consolation with a fine low save. The first spot kick … Cristiano Ronaldo winds up for his big celebration after scoring Juventus’s decisive third goal at Barcelona in the race to win their Champions League group. The visitors thought they had a fourth with 15 minutes left but Leonardo Bonucci’s effort was ruled out for offside after he bundled in Ronaldo’s knockdown. Ronaldo … In Group E, which also includes Chelsea, Jules Koundé added to Youssef En-Nesyri’s double as Sevilla won 3-1 at Rennes. Antoine Griezmann’s header hit the bar five minutes later and Buffon continued to frustrate Messi before Griezmann volleyed wide at the far post. Messi drew a blank, meaning he is still two short of Pelé’s goal record for a single club and remains stuck on 641. UEFA Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo missed Barcelona's 2-0 win against Juventus in Turin after testing positive for COVID-19. The victory pushed the Serie A side to the top of the Group G table based on head-to-head results against Barca, leaving Messi and the Spanish club in second place. Last modified on Tue 8 Dec 2020 22.08 EST Two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties fired Juventus to a stunning 3-0 win at Barcelona which earned them top spot in Champions League … We weren't good, not even positionally. Weston McKennie also scored early as Juventus got the three-goal win they needed to pip their opponents to first place. Cristiano Ronaldo netted two penalties as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou to claim top spot in Champions League Group G. It was Ronaldo… The fallout is set to continue from a dramatic and, in places, ugly night in the Champions League on Tuesday. Ronaldo tested Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen early in the match and eventually struck in the 13th minute when he converted a penalty kick. Eduard Sobol was sent off in the first half for the visitimng side but Hans Vanaken’s late header earned them a point. The forward tangled with Ronald Araújo, with the pair tumbling in the area, and, despite Barça’s anger, the referee awarded a penalty. Ronaldo fired it down the middle, scoring for the first time in a Champions League game against a team featuring Messi. Barcelona still advances to the last 16 as runners-up. Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal. Indeed, while he has hit 15 goals in his past 20 appearances against Barca in all competitions, Ronaldo has played more Champions League … But Ronaldo struck again six minutes into the second period when he scored another penalty. Nonetheless, the buzz around the big Champions League clash is hitting the roof. Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against FC Barcelona during a UEFA Champions League Group G match Tuesday at Camp Nou in Spain. It was Ronaldo… ... and Ronaldo came out on top with two penalty goals as Juve won 3-0. Brugge will go into the Europa League after finishing third, two points behind Lazio. Messi, Ronaldo set to renew stellar rivalry in Champions League . CRISTIANO RONALDO scored against Lionel Messi in the Champions League for the first time EVER as Juventus demolished Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Messi and Ronaldo have met 35 times in the past with 18 of their clashes coming when Ronaldo was at Real Madrid. "We got better, but we lost the game in the first half an hour.". "I have always had a cordial relationship with Messi," Ronaldo said after the match. PSG v Istanbul Basaksehir suspended after fourth official accused of racism, Manchester United out of Champions League after leaving it too late at Leipzig. But we know in football people always look for a rivalry to create more excitement.". The 33-year-old Messi and Ronaldo have combined to win the Ballon d'Or -- an award given annually to the top player in the world -- in 11 of the last 12 years. While the Argentina captain has lost four major finals with his country, Ronaldo was part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 and Nations League … Photo by Alberto Estevez/EPA-EFE, Florida men's basketball star Keyontae Johnson in stable condition after collapse, Fantasy football playoffs: Tyreek Hill tops Week 15 wide receiver rankings, Indiana, Purdue cancel Old Oaken Bucket rivalry game; Michigan-Iowa off, College Football Playoff rankings: Alabama at No. In the match on Tuesday (local time), Ronaldo scored two goals for Juventus and Weston McKennie registered one goal as the visitors thrashed Barcelona 3-0. AFP (COMBO) This combination created on October 1, 2020 shows file pictures … Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against FC Barcelona during a UEFA Champions League Group G match Tuesday at Camp Nou in Spain. Juventus struck first after 13 minutes, when Ronaldo earned a controversial spot-kick. The two have met 5 times in the Champions League before with Messi leading the head-to-head tally with 16 wins and Ronaldo having 10. I always got on well with him. 4x FIFA Club World Cup winner. Joaquín Correa gave the home side the lead before Ruud Vormer levelled only for Ciro Immobile’s penalty to restore Lazio’s advantage. MADRID — Lionel Messi’s rivalry with Cristiano Ronaldo has enthralled football for the better part of a decade, and the pair will duel for potentially the final time when Barcelona host Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday.The two titans of the modern game, who split ownership of the Ballon d’Or between 2008-2017, were the talismans of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real In what has been one of the most awaited matches in UEFA Champions League 2020-21 group stage, Barcelona is set to host Juventus at the Camp Nou on Tuesday with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo set to face each other for the first time since the latter left Real Madrid in 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo netted two penalties as Juventus out-classed Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou to claim top spot in Champions League Group G on Tuesday. Lionel Messi scored a penalty. 2017: Real Madrid: 2016: Real Madrid: 2014: Real Madrid: 2008: 1x Winner UEFA Nations League Cristiano Ronaldo netted two penalties as Juventus out-classed Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou to claim top spot in Champions League Group G on Tuesday. The two penalties bring Ronaldo's Champions League goal tally up to 134 as Juventus secures an advantage going into the last-16. Federico Chiesa had given the Serie A champions … Olivier Giroud put on a four-goal masterclass.

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