Champions League 2019-20: PSG, Juventus reach Round 16 with hard-fought wins

first_imgOn a night when Kylian Mbappé and Paris Saint-Germain’s vaunted attack failed to click, goalkeeper Keylor Navas had to save a late penalty to secure a 1-0 home win against Club Brugge in the Champions League on Wednesday.The victory sent PSG through to the round of 16 with four straight wins and no goals conceded, but Navas’ first penalty save of his Champions League career proved decisive in a lackluster performance.The former Real Madrid goalie guessed correctly to smother forward Mbaye Diagne’s rather tame spot kick, having made a far more difficult save to keep out lively striker Emmanuel Bonaventure’s goal-bound effort early in the second half.Striker Mauro Icardi continued his scoring form with the winning goal midway through the first half, but it was a tap-in and he and Mbappé had few other chances.Brugge missed the chance to equalize in the 76th minute when Diagne won a penalty after being clumsily fouled by PSG captain Thiago Silva, but he placed his spot kick too close to Navas.Douglas Costa’s late winner seals the deal for JuventusMeanwhile, Douglas Costa scored the winning goal in the 93rd minute to send Juventus through to the Champions League knockout stages with a 2-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday.The Russian club leveled after Juventus took an early lead and looked headed for a point before a moment of individual brilliance from Douglas Costa.The Brazilian picked up the ball on the left flank and cut inside past three defenders. He then played a one-two with Gonzalo Higuain, dodged two more Lokomotiv players and knocked the ball through goalkeeper Guilherme’s legs.advertisementJuventus’ substitutes came onto the pitch to celebrate as Douglas Costa pulled off his shirt. It was his first goal of the season after a long absence with a muscle injury.”This was a really important game because I have been out for a long time but I have come back and helped the team,” said Douglas Costa, who was a 70th-minute substitute.The goal ensured Juventus qualified from Group D with two games to spare.With seven changes from Saturday’s derby win over Torino, Juventus took the lead with its 300th Champions League goal in confusing circumstances in the fourth minute.Cristiano Ronaldo curled in a free kick from the left flank and Lokomotiv goalkeeper Guilherme let the wet ball slip through his hands. As it rolled over the line, Aaron Ramsey poked it into the net. UEFA credited Ramsey as the scorer.Also Read | Champions League: Man City held by Atlanta as Kyle Walker ends up in goallast_img

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