Juve, Barca both win to set up table deciding clash; PSG deny Man United; Giroud hits four as Chelsea rout Sevilla and more Champions League results from yesterday.
Juventus 2 – 0 Dynamo Kiev
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal on Wednesday, while netting his 75th Juventus strike in the process.
Ronaldo’s finish came in the 57th minute, with the Portuguese star tapping into a wide-open net after an Alvaro Morata shot was pushed out in his direction.
The finish was his 10th of the season and his 75th career goal for Juventus as the 35-year-old star closes in on a century with the Italian club, having already reached three figures for Man United, Real Madrid and Portugal.
Ronaldo was joined on the scoresheet by Federico Chiesa, who fired Juve’s opener in the 21st minute, as well as Morata who scored a goal of his own in the 66th to seal the 3-0 victory.
Manchester United 1-3 Paris Saint-Germain
Marcus Rashford scored in his third successive Champions League appearance against PSG to restore parity following Neymar’s opener, which was the quickest goal United have conceded in the competition since September 2015.
Anthony Martial missed a glaring chance to complete the turnaround and Edinson Cavani hit the crossbar against his former club, with United made to pay when Marquinhos prodded PSG back in front, his effort standing after a long VAR check.
Fred, who had been fortunate to escape a red card in the first half, received his marching orders for a tackle on United old boy Ander Herrera not long after the second goal, with PSG sealing the victory when Neymar tucked home in added time.
Ferencvaros 0-3 Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann continued his recent goalscoring form as Barcelona eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Ferencvaros in Champions League Group G on Wednesday.
France striker Griezmann struck early on as he netted in three consecutive games for the first time in a Barca shirt.
Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele were also on the scoresheet for Barcelona, who had already qualified for the competition’s knockout phase.
The victory also ensured Barca won their first five Champions League group stage games for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign and they lead second-placed Juventus by three points with one match remaining.
Sevilla 0-4 Chelsea
Olivier Giroud was Chelsea‘s match-winner for the second time in as many Champions League games as he scored all four goals in a 4-0 victory over Sevilla that clinched first place in Group E for the Blues.
Giroud, making his 50th start for the club, was at his clinical best as he took his tally to 10 goals in his last seven away starts in the competition and ensured Chelsea go into the round of 16 as one of eight seeded teams.
He was the beneficiary of some fine build-up play as Kai Havertz and Callum Hudson-Odoi staked their claim for more regular first-team football in an impressive performance from a changed Chelsea team.
Sevilla went into this game unbeaten in 14 home matches in all European competitions but were scuppered by Frank Lampard’s hardworking side, who blocked low for long periods but attacked fluently.
After scoring with either foot, Giroud capped a fine performance with a towering header and then a penalty as he became the oldest player to score a Champions League hat-trick, at 34 years and 63 days