Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has revealed he apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing what would have been another record-breaking goal for the Portugal international in Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow.
Just three minutes into the game, Ronaldo’s free-kick looked goal-bound after Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme spilled the ball underneath. Just as it looked to be rolling over the line, Ramsey pounced to prod the ball home, but he looked fairly uncomfortable celebrating.
Speaking after the game (via Metro), Ramsey insisted that he just wanted to see the team score, and he felt as though the ball was not certain to cross the line without him.
“I thought the keeper was a lot closer to me and had a chance of diving back and maybe clearing it,” Ramsey said. “My instinct took over to make sure that it went over the line. I’ve apologised to Cristiano.”
Had Ronaldo scored against Lokomotiv, they would have been the 35th team he had scored against in the Champions League, while Ramsey’s goal was Juve’s 300th in the competition.
However, the forward was unable to find the net in Moscow, and was visibly frustrated when Maurizio Sarri substituted him with nine minutes remaining and the score at 1-1.
Douglas Costa scored the winner for Juventus in stoppage time, meaning the Old Lady guaranteed their place in the knockout stages of the tournament, but they still have work to do if they are to cement top spot. They are three points ahead of Atlético Madrid, who they meet after the international break, and Los Rojiblancos would move into first place with a victory.
I Bianconeri threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 when these sides met earlier in the campaign at the Wanda Metropolitano, but one point would be enough for them to qualify as group leaders.
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