So much for that slow start to the season. Cristiano Ronaldo has been on fire lately, and unfortunately for Juventus they bore the full brunt of that as Ronaldo scored twice in the game to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory. The first goal came early on, a cross from Isco came a wide open Ronaldo after a defensive breakdown, and he was able to direct the ball past Buffon into the net. Ronaldo also assisted on the last goal scored by Marcelo. But really this was all about the second goal, a tremendous bicycle kick off a cross from Dani Carvajal. Being the second away goal it effectively ended the tie, and it was a tremendous strike. It was so good the Juventus fans stood and applauded Ronaldo, despite having their Champions League dreams basically ended by him only seconds ago. La Liga is lost to them, but Real Madrid are very much a favorite to grab their third consecutive Champions League trophy.
Star striker Sergio Aguero will miss out on the first leg of Manchester City’s Champions League clash with Liverpool after failing to recover from a knee injury. Pep Guardiola has said that Gabriel Jesus will lead the line for City, and also in attack will be Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling, both who have been excellent this year. It says so much about Manchester City’s depth that they can lose a player like Aguero, and it’s fair to ask if it will slow them down at all. It really is a testament to what Pep Guardiola has built at Man City.
Toronto FC are well on their way to downing another powerhouse Liga MX team, defeating Club América 3-1 in Toronto on Tuesday night. Toronto took an early lead, with Sebastian Giovinco winning and then dispatching a penalty for the Reds. Club América then equalized a little more than 10 mins later, on a nice run and finish by Andrés Ibargüen. But Toronto was too much, with Jozy Altidore finishing a chance right before halftime, and then in the second half Ashtone Morgan converting a chance sent in the box in the 58th minute. This was another great performance in the CCL by Toronto FC. They still face a daunting task with leg 2 of the tie at the Azteca in Mexico City, but Toronto put themselves in a great position with the win on Tuesday night.
Besides scoring a spectacular goal, and leading his time to victory, Cristiano Ronaldo set a record on Tuesday. He became the first player to score in 10 consecutive Champions League games. It’s another incredible milestone for Ronaldo. FourFourTwo looks at the other impressive goal scoring streaks that have been accomplished.
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