Juventus reached the last 16 of the Champions League with two games to spare thanks to Douglas Costa’s superb goal, but as so often is the case, all the talk centred on Cristiano Ronaldo’s performance.
Juve beat Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in Group D thanks to Costa’s moment of individual brilliance in stoppage time after the Brazilian came on as a 70th-minute substitute.
Ronaldo had looked to have given Juve an early lead after his free-kick was fumbled by Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme but as the ball began to trickle over the line, Aaron Ramsey made doubly sure to claim the goal.
Had the goal been awarded to Ronaldo the Juve star would have set a new Champions League record by scoring against a 34th different club. It was Ramsey’s first Champions League goal for four years.
Following a Ronaldo freekick that was hopelessly spilled by the Lokomotiv keeper, Aaron Ramsey tapped it in as it was just going over the line. Ronaldo may not be happy with Mr Ramsey….or will the great man get it overturned?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 6, 2019
“Following a Ronaldo freekick that was hopelessly spilt by the Lokomotiv keeper, Aaron Ramsey tapped it in as it was just going over the line,” tweeted former England international Gary Lineker. “Ronaldo may not be happy with Mr Ramsey … or will the great man get it overturned?”
In the 82nd minute Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri then took the decision to substitute Ronaldo, who looked less than pleased at his withdrawal from the game.
“Ronaldo was angry when he came off because he has a small knee injury and this created another small thigh problem. I replaced him just because I feared he could aggravate his injury,” Sarri told UEFA.com.
That injury did not prevent Ronaldo jumping up to celebrate his side’s winning goal with Juventus joining Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain in qualifying for the knockout phase. Juve last won the Champions League in 1996.