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UEFA Champions League: Alvaro Morata Scores Another Brace as Juventus Wins on Cristiano Ronaldo's Return

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Last Updated: November 05, 2020, 08:26 IST

Juventus (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Juventus (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Alvaro Morata scored two goals as Juventus beat Ferencvaros 4-1 in the UEFA Champions League,

On the night that Cristiano Ronaldo began his 18th consecutive Champions League campaign, it was Alvaro Morata who did the bulk of the scoring for Juventus.

Morata netted the first two goals in a 4-1 win at Ferencvaros, giving the Spanish forward four of Juventus six scores in its opening three matches in the competition.

Ronaldo, who missed Juventus’ opening two Champions League games after contracting the coronavirus, set up Moratas second.

Substitite Paulo Dybala got Juventus’ third into an empty net after Ferencvaros goalkeeper Dnes Dibusz failed to control a back-pass. Lasha Dvali then scored an own goal following another error by Dibusz.

Franck Boli pulled one back for Ferencvaros in the 90th

Juventus remained three points behind Group G leader Barcelona, which beat Dynamo Kyiv 2-1. Kyiv and Ferencvaros trail with one point each.

Seven minutes in at Pusks Arna, Morata used one touch to redirect a cross from Juan Cuadrado, who had run onto a through ball from Leonardo Bonucci.

Celebrating his 100th game with Juventus in all competitions, Morata was just as efficient on the hour mark when he took a cross from Ronaldo and connected with a shot from the edge of the area.

United States midfielder Weston McKennie used an dummy to let Ronaldos cross reach Morata.

Morata also scored both goals when Juventus won its opener 2-0 at Kyiv.

Only Ronaldos former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas has appeared in more consecutive Champions League campaigns — 20 between 1999-2000 and 2018-19.

Ronaldo was denied by an expert tackle late in the second half after being set up unselfishly by Morata, then missed wide after the break.

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first published:November 05, 2020, 03:36 IST
last updated:November 05, 2020, 08:26 IST