Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to win its Champions League group after beating feared Lionel Messi’s Barcelona 0-3 as the Portuguese superstar scored two penalties to take his Champions League goals to a total of 134.
Juventus dominated the first half against Barcelona who looked not prepared enough to win the game before Ronaldo messaged Marc-Andre ter Stegen the wrong way following the referee’s decision after being fouled by Uruguay defender Ronald Araujo.
Juventus scored a second again leading their host at Camp Nou through Weston McKennie’s bicycle kick before Cristiano Ronaldo blended his second goal from the spot after Clement Lenglet handled against Barca who refused to show any creativity that could lead to redemption.
Barca boss Ronald Koeman said, “We weren’t aggressive. It looked as if we’d come out looking not to lose, as opposed to trying to control the game. We weren’t good, not even positionally. We looked scared.”
Barcelona’s loss to Juventus marks its first defeat in a group game since 2016, as they started the day with a three-point cushion over Juventus but finish second and will be unseeded in Monday’s last-16 draw.
The match between Barcelona and Juventus brought Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who are regarded as the world best footballers of the current generation face-to-face for the first time since May 2018.
Ronaldo scored two goals for his side, while Messi faced frustration from Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 42, who saved most of his brilliant attempts.