BARCELONA: Cristiano Ronaldo converted two penalties as Juventus outclassed Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou to claim top spot in Champions League Group G.
It was Ronaldo’s first meeting with Barcelona and Lionel Messi since leaving their bitter rivals Real Madrid in 2018 and though the pair briefly embraced before kick-off on Tuesday night, this was Ronaldo’s night.
The Portugal star tested Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen early on, before opening the scoring from the spot in the 13th minute after being felled by Ronald Araujo.
Defender Danilo flashed an effort just wide as the visitors cranked up the pressure, with a stunning Weston McKennie volley putting the Italian champions two goals up and in full control seven minutes later.
Ronaldo got his second penalty when Clement Lenglet was penalised for handball seven minutes after the restart.
Both sides had already qualified for the knockout stages before kick-off. They end the group phase on 15 points each but Juve take first place by virtue of a superior head-to-head record.
Borussia Dortmund struck twice in the space of 11 second-half minutes to seal a 2-1 victory at Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League on Tuesday and clinch top spot in Group F.
Zenit opened the scoring against the run of play when Sebastian Driussi’s deflected shot ended up in the back of the net after wrong-footing keeper Marwin Hitz.
Marco Reus struck the crossbar for Dortmund on the stroke of half-time but Lukasz Piszczek drew them level in the 68th minute after a goalmouth scramble, before Axel Witsel’s powerful left-footed strike from the edge of the penalty area put Lucien Favre’s men in the lead.
The Russian side threw bodies forward in search of a late equaliser but Dortmund held firm to seal the victory.
The game also witnessed a moment of history, with Dortmund’s 16-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko becoming the youngest-ever player to feature in a Champions League match when he replaced Felix Passlack in the second half.
Lazio sneaked into the Champions League last 16 for the first time in over 20 years despite being held to a 2-2 draw at home to Club Brugge, who played the entire second half with 10 men.
Needing at least a draw to qualify, Lazio appeared totally in control as they took a 2-1 lead in less than half an hour through Joaquin Correa and a Ciro Immobile penalty, while the visitors had Eduard Sobol sent off in the 39th minute.
Instead, the Serie A side suffered second-half jitters and their nerves became even more frayed when Hans Vanaken headed Brugge level in the 76th minute.
In an lively finish, Charles De Ketelaere rifled a shot against the Lazio bar in stoppage time as the Italians held on to finish second in Group F on 10 points, with Brugge third on eight.
The line up for the last 16 is nearly complete, with the following teams through to the knockout stage: Chelsea, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus, Man City, Liverpool, Porto, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, RB Leipzig and PSG.
The secound round draw will take place at 11am on Monday, December 14 in Nyon.
There will be two seeding pots: one consisting of the eight group winners and the other of the eight runners-up. No team can at this stage play a club from their own association – meaning no all-Premier League clashes just yet.
The ties will take place over two legs, with seeded group winners playing away in the first legs in February and at home in the return matches in March.