Thursday, February 29

Juventus beats Barcelona to top the group

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice and Weston McKennie added another as Juventus defeated Barcelona 3-0.

The victory saw the Italians top the table in head-to-head results with Barca. Lionel Messi & Co. experienced a miserable night at Camp Nou to settle for second place.

In one of the most anticipated matches this season, Ronaldo tested Ter Stegen very early in the game. But he made sure the German goalkeeper went the wrong way when Juventus were awarded a penalty and Ronaldo slotted it home in the 13th minute.

As the visitors cranked up the pace, defender Danilo flashed an effort just wide. But with a spectacular McKennie volley bringing the Italian champions two goals up and in full charge seven minutes later.

Clement Lenglet was penalized for handball seven minutes from the break and Ronaldo made no mistake from the spot to make it 3-0. Leonardo Bonucci believed he had scored the fourth for the Turin side but VAR review proved he was offside. Barcelona tried to make things look good but weren’t able to net even a single shot.

Buffon made saves after saves to keep Barcelona at bay. The veteran had 7 saves in total at the age of 42. The result places the under-fire Koeman under pressure. As for the first time under his managersh

ip, with the club suffering back-to-back defeats.

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