On Wednesday, Juventus beat Dynamo Kyiv 3-0 and Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal. With this win, Juventus has a chance of securing top spot in its Champions League group.
Stéphanie Frappart became the first female referee to officiate a men’s Champions League match where Cristiano Ronaldo scored Juventus’s second goal and also hit the bar after Federico Chiesa opened the scoring in the first half. Álvaro Morata was able to complete the scoring.
Leonardo Bonucci, Juventus defender said “We celebrate his records almost every game, We can only be happy to be part of his astounding path in this sport.”
Juventus are trailing right behind group topper Barcelona in Group G, three points behind after the Catalan club won 3-0 at Ferencváros. Both clubs had already sealed their qualification spot to the round of 16 but a win for Juventus at Barcelona in the final round next week could see the Italian side snatch the top spot.
Ronaldo celebrated his achievement in an Instagram post which he ended with: “Next stop: 800 goals! Let’s go!”
This Juventus win will ease some of the pressure on Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo. The 41-year-old former Juventus player, just few months into his first coaching stint and has already faced criticism after several disappointing displays from his team.
“I’m young and I know I have to improve like my players, but I’ll go ahead with my work. I feel ready for the match at Barcelona, those were the easiest games to play in and I think they will be the same as a coach. Certain matches change your season in terms of confidence, we’re going there to win.” said Juventus coach, Pirlo.
Ronaldo being rested the last weekend, Juventus was held to a disappointing draw at Benevento in their Serie A but the comeback of the star player made a big impact.
Juventus was able to open the score in the 21st minute when Chiesa rose high at the far post to head in Alex Sandro’s cross from the left.
10 minutes later, Alex Sandro created another great opportunity, dribbling past two defenders before setting up Ronaldo, but his effort bounced off the crossbar.
Juventus had a scary moment at the end of the first half as goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny had to come flying off his line to deny Viktor Tsyhankov.
Juventus started their second half strongly and Ronaldo did get on the scoresheet in the 57th for his 750th goal for club and country — and one of the easiest. Chiesa raced down the right flank and whipped in a cross which the goalkeeper pushed onto Morata’s leg before the ball bounced toward Ronaldo, who was left with the simplest of tap-ins at the far post.
Chiesa was also involved in Juve’s third goal as he burst into the box and picked out Morata, who coolly slotted it into the bottom right corner. With that, it was the sixth goal of the Morata this season season in this league.