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Ronaldo scores 750th goal in first Champions League with female referee

Thursday, 2020-12-03 07:43:34
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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - Juventus v Dynamo Kyiv - Allianz Stadium, Turin, Italy - December 2, 2020 Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo in action with Dynamo Kiev's Denys Popov. (Photo: Reuters)
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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 750th goal of his remarkable career in a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday (Dec 2) as Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to take charge of a Champions League match.

The 35-year-old has scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 102 for Portugal, 75 for Juventus and five for his first club, Sporting. With Juventus already qualified from Group G and Dynamo Kyiv already eliminated, the main interest was focused on Frappart.

* Striker Olivier Giroud scored four as a dominant Chelsea won 4-0 at Sevilla on Wednesday to secure top spot in Champions League Group E with a match to spare. The result left Chelsea with 13 points from five games, three ahead of second-placed Sevilla with a better head-to-head record against the Spanish side after their 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture.

* Brazilian Neymar scored twice and his compatriot Fred was sent off as Paris St Germain beat 10-man Manchester United 3-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday to throw Champions League Group H wide open. United, PSG and RB Leipzig all on nine points heading into next week's final round of games in which the English side go to the German club and the French champions host Istanbul Basaksehir.

* Barcelona out-classed Ferencvaros and eased their way to a 3-0 away win on Wednesday for a fifth consecutive Champions League victory which took them to the brink of clinching top spot in their group. Lionel Messi was rested and missed a second European trip in a row but Barca barely noticed their captain's absence as goals from Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite and a penalty from Ousmane Dembele gave them a three-goal lead before the break.

* Rafer Johnson, who was crowned the world's greatest athlete after winning the decathlon gold medal at the 1960 Olympics and later helped tackle Robert F. Kennedy's assassin, died on Wednesday at the age of 86.

* BMW will be following Audi out of the electric Formula E series at the end of next year after announcing its departure on Wednesday. Audi said on Monday it would withdraw as a works team to focus on the Dakar Rally and endurance racing including an eventual return to Le Mans.

* Borussia Dortmund overcame the absence of injured top scorer Erling Haaland to draw 1-1 with Lazio in Champions League Group F on Wednesday and advance to the knockout stages with a game to spare. The Germans secured a top-two finish ahead of their final game at Zenit St Petersburg, but Lazio need at least a draw against Club Brugge next week to advance.

* Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez is making "excellent progress" following surgery on a fractured skull and could leave hospital as early as next week, the Premier League club's doctor said. Mexican forward Jimenez, 29, was injured after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

* RB Leipzig squandered a two-goal lead before Alexander Sorloth's stoppage-time goal earned them a 4-3 victory at Istanbul Basaksehir in Champions League Group H on Wednesday and kept the German side in the running for a top-two finish.

* Krasnodar striker Marcus Berg scored in the second half to seal a 1-0 Champions League win over Stade Rennais on Wednesday and third place in Group E that earned them a spot in the second-tier Europa League.

* Atletico Madrid's influential defender Jose Gimenez looks set to miss their upcoming derby against Real Madrid in La Liga as well as his side's Champions League decider against RB Salzburg after straining a thigh muscle. The Uruguayan centre back was forced off in the second half of his side's 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich on Tuesday and Atletico released a statement confirming the injury, without saying for how long he would be out.

* Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi, Caglar Soyuncu and Ricardo Pereira will return from injury in Thursday's Europa League encounter at Zorya Luhansk, manager Brendan Rodgers said on Wednesday.

* Athletes will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken less than 72 hours before arriving in Japan for the Olympics and will be tested "every 96-120 hours" during the Games, according to a report published by organisers on Wednesday.

* George Russell has yet to score a point in nearly two seasons in Formula One but the Briton will step into a winning car in Bahrain this weekend as Lewis Hamilton's replacement at Mercedes. They are huge shoes to fill for the 21-year-old Williams driver, who has a long-term Mercedes contract, but Russell is ready to seize the opportunity after COVID-19 ruled out his compatriot.

* The Women's Tennis Association will rename its tournament categories from next season to align with the men's ATP, a sign of further collaboration between the tours following a season that was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

* Next year's Australian Open could be pushed back to a Feb 8 to Feb 21 window and players would be allowed to train outside their hotel rooms during quarantine, Australian media reported on Wednesday.

* Qatar will inaugurate the fourth of its eight World Cup stadiums, the Al Rayyan ground, on Dec. 18, when it hosts the Amir Cup final, organisers said on Wednesday.

* The Schumacher name will return to Formula One next season with Mick, son of Ferrari great and seven-time world champion Michael, announced on Wednesday as a race driver for the US-owned Haas team. The 21-year-old German, who has signed a multi-year agreement, is leading the Formula Two championship ahead of this weekend's finale at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit.