UEFA Champions League: Juventus win without Cristiano Ronaldo

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Juventus was in action on Tuesday night as they played their first UEFA Champions League group G match against Dynamo Kyiv without their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 35-year-old Portuguese football icon has been self-isolating after Portugal played against France in UEFA Nations League on October 11. He was tested positive two days after the match which ended 0-0. Ever since then, the Portugal international has been out of football.

He missed Portugal 3-0 win over Sweden on October 14 because of the virus. The 5 times Ballon D’or winner also missed Juventus’ Italian Serie A 1-1 draw against Crotone on October 17.

The UEFA Champions League match on Tuesday makes it three consecutive matches Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to feature in because of the coronavirus infection.

Fortunately for Juventus, the absence of the Portuguese talisman was not felt heavily in the match against the Ukrainian club as the Italian reigning champions beat their host 0-2 to start their Champions League campaign this season on a winning note.

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In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus’ star man of the night was Alvaro Morata. The 27-year-old Spanish striker joined the Serie A giants this summer on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal for Juventus.
Alvaro Morata celebrates his goal for Juventus.

Morata who had played for Juventus between 2014 and 2016 returned to the club after he has played for Real Madrid, Chelsea, and then Atletico Madrid. He came in at the very right time for Juventus especially now that they are without their talisman, Ronaldo.

On his special night, Morata burnt too hot not to have a goal in the first half of the Champions League match and he finally did in the 46th minute of the match. Fortunately for him, his performance was so good that the manager of Juventus, Andrea Pirlo, had no reason to substitute him in the second half.

Hence, the Spain international established himself further in the heart of Andrea Pirlo as he scored his second goal of the match in the 84th minute to make it 0-2 for Juventus away from home.

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Juventus dominated Dynamo Kyiv in almost every aspect of the game as the Serie A club won the match with 53 percent possession of the ball against the 47 percent for the host. Juventus had 6 shots on target while their host managed just 4.

Watch Dynamo Kyiv vs Juventus highlights below

Juventus’ next Champions League match is against Spanish La Liga giants Barcelona on October 28. While Dynamo Kyiv will play Ferencváros on the said date.

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