Buf­fon stars, Ron­aldo draws blank

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PARIS (AP): GIAN­LUIGI BUF­FON kept the shots out, while Cris­tiano Ron­aldo failed to put them in.

While Buf­fon starred in goal for Ju­ven­tus, sav­ing a penalty and mak­ing two re­mark­able saves in a 1-0 win at Lyon, it was a frus­trat­ing night for record-chas­ing Ron­aldo in the Cham­pi­ons League.

The Real Madrid for­ward needed only two goals to be­come the first player to score 100 ca­reer goals in Euro­pean club com­pe­ti­tions. But he could not muster even one for the hold­ers in a 5-1 rout of Pol­ish strug­glers Le­gia War­saw – which had lost five of their past seven matches.

Madrid’s goals came from Wales for­ward Gareth Bale, an own-goal by To­masz Jod­lowiec and fur­ther strikes by Marco Asen­sio, Lu­cas Vazquez and Al­varo Mo­rata, seal­ing an em­phatic vic­tory in Group F.

Madrid are level on seven points with Borus­sia Dort­mund, but the Ger­man side leads on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter win­ning 2-1 at Sport­ing Lis­bon.

Pro­lific striker Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang – with his ninth goal in nine games – and Ju­lian Weigl scored in the first half for Dort­mund. Mid­fielder Bruno Ce­sar pulled one back mid­way through the sec­ond half af­ter an in­di­rect free kick was awarded near the penalty spot.

Colom­bia mid­fielder Juan Cuadrado scored the win­ner for Ju­ven­tus in the 76th minute with a bril­liant an­gled strike, keep­ing the Turin team top of Group H.

In Group E, Tot­ten­ham striker Son He­ung-min came back to his old club Bayer Lev­erkusen, but the Ger­man side did most of the at­tack­ing in a 0-0 draw that suited Monaco per­fectly.

Monaco came from be­hind to sal­vage a 1-1 draw at CSKA Mos­cow and top Group E with five points, one point ahead of Tot­ten­ham and two clear of Lev­erkusen.

CSKA Mos­cow striker Lacina Traore could barely con­tain his de­light af­ter scor­ing against Monaco – the club loan­ing him to CSKA – wheel­ing away in de­light with his fin­ger raised af­ter pounc­ing from close range.


With just min­utes re­main­ing, how­ever, mid­fielder Bernardo Silva darted in to score the equaliser.

In Group G, Riyad Mahrez struck the close-range win­ner in a 1-0 vic­tory against FC Copen­hagen that kept Le­ices­ter well on track for the next round af­ter three straight wins.

Le­ices­ter are five points clear of Copen­hagen and FC Porto, which came from be­hind to beat Club Brugge 2-1 and con­demn the Bel­gian side to a third suc­ces­sive loss.

Ju­ven­tus stayed top of Group H with seven points and ahead of Europa League cham­pi­ons Sevilla on goal dif­fer­ence.

Sevilla won 1-0 at last-place Di­namo Za­greb, with French mid­fielder Samir Nasri scor­ing from close range dur­ing the first half.

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