Ronaldo scores 750th career goal as Juventus defeat Dynamo


Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 750th career goal as Juventus cruised past Dynamo Kiev 3-0 in the Champions League on Thursday (AEDT).

Juve, who had already qualified for the last 16 after three wins from their opening four Group G games, scarcely had to get out of second gear against Mircea Lucescu's side, with Federico Chiesa's first goal for the club midway through the first half setting them on their way. 

Ronaldo then reached the latest milestone in his illustrious career, prodding home from almost on the line after 57 minutes.

Alvaro Morata sealed the routine win soon after to ensure Juve go into next week's final group game against Barcelona with an outside chance of securing top spot.

Weston McKennie and Morata were denied by Georgi Bushchan in the early stages but Chiesa got the better of him after 21 minutes to score his first ever Champions League goal. 

Chiesa – who joined on an initial two-year loan deal from Fiorentina in October – met Alex Sandro's left-wing cross with a downwards header, which powered through the grasp of the Dynamo goalkeeper. 

Ronaldo thundered a 12-yard effort against the crossbar after more impressive work from Alex Sandro soon after, while Wojciech Szczesny did well to thwart Viktor Tsygankov at the other end before half-time. 

Bushchan pushed over a long-range Ronaldo effort after the break but the Portugal international was not to be denied shortly before the hour mark, turning in from two yards after Chiesa's cross had caused panic inside the Dynamo penalty area. 

Morata had the assist for that goal and then scored for the sixth time in this season's competition after 66 minutes, the on-loan Atletico Madrid striker coolly slotting home from 10 yards after being picked out by the impressive Chiesa.

Pirlo's men were content to play out the game at a pedestrian pace after that, sealing a fifth win in six meetings against Dynamo with consummate ease.

What does it mean? Juve get back on track

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with Benevento in Serie A at the weekend, Pirlo desperately needed a return to winning ways to silence the critics. His players did the honours, brushing aside Dynamo with the minimum of fuss. 

They had 17 shots to the visitors' seven and just edged the possession, enjoying 53 per cent of the ball.

Rested Ronaldo back with a bang

Pirlo said Ronaldo was rested for the Benevento game as he was "a bit tired" and there was nothing sluggish about the rested superstar on Wednesday. 

He had six shots – double what anyone else on the pitch managed – made one key pass, and won four of his five duels. The one blot on his copybook, however, was losing possession a team-high 15 times.

Ramsey off the pace

Playing in an advanced role behind Ronaldo and Morata, Aaron Ramsey endured a difficult game. The Wales international had just one shot on goal, made no key passes and took just 40 touches – the joint lowest of any Juve starter. 

It was little wonder he was brought off for Federico Bernardeschi shortly after the hour mark and he has now been replaced in six of his seven Juve starts this season.

What's next?

The Turin derby awaits Juve on Saturday with Torino visiting the Allianz Stadium, while Dynamo are in domestic action against Mariupol on the same day. They host Ferencvaros in this competition on Tuesday with third place and a Europa League spot on the line, while Juve are at Camp Nou.

Source Omnisport