Champions League: Cristiano Ronado scores twice as Juventus beat Barcelona at Nou Camp

  • Juventus beat Barcelona in the Nou Camp to seal top spot in Group G 
  • Ronaldo scored two penalties to take his Champions League goal tally to 134
  • Messi was denied by several saves from 42-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as Juventus beat Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 3-0 at the Nou Camp. 

Battered by two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties and a spectacular volley by US international Weston McKennie, Ronald Koeman’s team were well beaten at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Messi was Barcelona’s best player with six shots on target and Koeman picked a starting line-up most agreed with – leaving Philippe Coutinho on the bench and starting with Pedri.

But it was another horror show to go with the four league defeats already suffered this season.

On 12 minutes Juventus were ahead. Ronaldo was awarded a generous penalty after Ronald Araujo went shoulder to shoulder with him in the area.

He sent the penalty down the middle for 1-0.

It was 2-0 on 20 minutes when McKennie scored with a flying volley past Marc Andre ter Stegen from Juan Cuadrado’s cross.

Aaron Ramsey almost made it 3-0 with a shot that Marc Andre ter Stegen turned away brilliantly but the danger had not passed for Barcelona.

VAR was checking a handball from Clement Lenglet and when Tobias Stieler trotted across to see the replay he could only draw only one conclusion.

It was a penalty and Ronaldo with even more bounce in his run-up this time gleefully smashed it past Ter Stegen for 3-0 on 52 minutes.

3-0 was enough for Juventus. They win the group and Barcelona’s misery goes on.

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