Oh what a night at camp Nou. Cristiano Ronaldo with two goals and Winston Mckennie with a acrobatic goal as Juventus wins 3-0 beating Barcelona to finish top of the group in Champions League play.
There was little drama entering Barcelona and Juventus's Champions League group finale, with both sides already through to the knockout stage. And as it wound up, there was little drama to the one can't-miss element to the proceedings at Camp Nou: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo sharing the same stage yet again.
It had been over two years since the generational stars faced off, with it last happening when Ronaldo was at Real Madrid. Ronaldo missed the first meeting between the two sides in group play after contracting COVID-19, with Messi scoring on a stoppage-time penalty kick in a 2-0 Barcelona win in Turin.
In the opening stages on Tuesday, Barcelona carried out manager Ronald Koeman's gameplan: keep the ball, limit the chances for Ronaldo.Ronaldo had limited touches in the final third through the opening 10 minutes, while Messi connected early in the danger zone for Barcelona, only to have Juventus cut off his shooting lanes and force a wayward pass in his most threatening move.
Things changed soon after though, with Ronaldo earning a questionable penalty after a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge by Ronald Araujo. Ronaldo converted the ensuing penalty to give Juventus a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
After Winston Mckennie doubled Juve’s lead with a sensational volley ,Messi went to work, denied by a fine Gianluigi Buffon save in the 22nd minute.
Messi was denied again in the 36th, driving a low shot from 16 yards on frame, only for Buffon to make the save and snag the rebound.Messi was also denied a penalty as the match hit first-half stoppage time, with the Argentine star going down under contact from McKennie in the box, only for the official to continue play.
A VAR review confirmed the no-call, with the contact deemed incidental as McKennie appeared to trip over himself.
The penalty gods remained on Juventus's side at the start of the second half, when a VAR review revealed a handball on Clement Lenglet that gifted the visitors another spot kick. Ronaldo took it and converted for his second goal of the day, making it 3-0 and putting Juventus in position to win the group.
Great win for the Old Lady .