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Cristiano Ronaldo Named UEFA Top Goal Scorer In 2019

Cristiano Ronaldo named UEFA competition top scorer of 2019 and in the decade16 hours ago8448 viewsby Rahaman Abiola- Cristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA competition top scorer of year 2019. The Portuguese star was also named UEFA competition top scorer of the decade.

The Juventus star beat Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandoski to the huge landmarkCristiano Ronaldo has been named UEFA competition top scorer of 2019 and the decade ahead of his arch-rival and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The Juventus star emerged the winner for fourth time record with an impressive feat of 21 goals in 2019 and 145 goals from 2010.The Portuguese beat off competition from Tottenham star Harry Kane and Dutch ace Vivianne Miedema to reach the significant landmark.Ronaldo has been a leading stellar star in all UEFA fixtures for club and country in 2013, 2014 and 2017, except in 2018 after he lost the feat to Chelsea’s Daishawn Redan.But in 2019, the Portuguese star put in a fabulous show with his killer-instinct producing seven goals for the Old Lady in UEFA Champions League goals.

Ronaldo also hit a total number of fourteen goals for Portugal in Euro 2020 qualifiers and the UEFA Nations League finals to end the year well- two goals ahead of Kane who had 19 goals.Meanwhile, Ronaldo was also crowned UEFA top-scorer of the decade with 145 goals. Bayern star Robert Lewandoski came second with 101 goals.Lionel Messi came a record third with 99 goals, as Norway’s Ada Hegerberg and France’s Eugénie Le Sommer capped the top five list.

See List of 16 Teams That Have Qualified For Champions League Knockout Round

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Champions League group stages for the 2019/20 season has been completed.

The Premier League and La Liga will have four representatives in the last 16 of Champions League – Ajax were the biggest losers from the group stages as they crashed out of the competition following their 1-0 home defeat to Valencia.

Teamsthat sealed progression will learn of their next opponents after the Monday, December 16, draw in Nyon After weeks of panic and anxiety all the 32 teams that were participating in this year’s edition of the Champions League group stages have learned their fate. The group stages appear to have lived up to its billing as top European clubs eased past the round to reach the last 16.

Ajax, who were semi-finalists last season were perhaps the biggest losers as they crashed out of the competition. The Dutch side was pooled alongside Chelsea, Valencia and Lille in Group H which was widely touted as the group of death. But they failed to make out of the group, with their 1-0 slim defeat to Valencia at home sealing their fate.

Meanwhile, all the four Premier League clubs who are participating in the competition progressed to the next round of the competition.

However, Liverpool, who are the defending champions alongside Chelsea had to wait until the last day to confirm their place in the next stage.

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Man City and Tottenham Hotspur went into their final group clashes against Dinamo Zagreb and Bayern Munich having already qualified. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia and Atletico Madrid will be Spain’s representatives in the Round of 16, with Germany having Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Leipzig. France will have just Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in the next stage after Lille being dumped out, while Italy will have Juventus, Napoli and Atalanta.

The draw for the last 16 of the tournament will take place on Monday, December 16 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Gabriel Jesus Scores A Hat Trick As Man City Trash Dinamo 4-1

Pep Guardiola’s men produced one of their best nights on the European stage with an impressive win that saw Gabriel Jesus hit a perfect hat-trick.

Man City came into the game with ruthless dominant form but it was Dinamo who first changed the score-sheet in the 10th minute through Daniel Olmo. The Spanish star beautifully converted Damian Kadzior’s assist to hand the host a perfect lead in the first half of the game.

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Man City continued to dominate the possession, threatening Dinamo’s defence with aggressive attack led by Gabriel Jesus. The Brazilian found the back of the net for Man City in the 34th minute with a wonder finish to balance the score-card all thanks to Riyad Mahrez’s assist. Jesus proved he was unstoppable against with another strike in the 50th minute courtesy of Phil Foden’s assist.

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The 22-year-old Selecao star grabbed his hat-trick of the night four minutes later, becoming the youngest Brazilian player to reach 10 goals in the Champions League -overtaking Neymar who did so aged 23 years and 75 days. Phil Foden capped the victory for Guardiola’s men in style through 84 minute wonder strike as Man City walked their way into the UCL Round 16 stage with 14 points as leaders of Group C.

Real Madrid Went Top Of La Liga After Beating Alaves 2-1

Real Madrid went top of La Liga for the time being as they battled hard to beat Alaves 2-1 away from home thanks to goals from Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.

Ruben Duarte of Deportivo Alaves competes for the ball with Luka Modric of Real Madrid CF (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

It was goalless at half time but the game kicked into life when Ramos scored a header and then conceded a penalty in 15 second-half minutes. Carvajal nicked it late on for Zinedine Zidane’s side with his first league goal of the season in the pouring Basque rain.

Alaves 1-2 Real Madrid November 30, 2019

Gareth Bale started for Los Blancos for the first time since October and hit the post in the first half following smart play from Isco.

Nothing else of note happened in the first half as Real struggled going forward with the rain pouring down on the Mendizorrotza Stadium.

However, Ramos opened the scoring with a fantastic header to put Madrid on their way to a ninth league win.
It was goalless at halftime but became interesting when Ramos the captain scored a header and also conceed penalty at 15 minutes of second half.

Real Madrid seats at the top spot for now as rival team Barcelona will play tomorrow, 1st December, a clash with Atletico Madrid to determine who will seat at the 1st spot for the week.

Fabinho: Liverpool midfielder out on till next year

Liverpool can confirm Fabinho suffered ankle ligament damage during the Champions League encounter with Napoli in midweek.

The midfielder injured after falling awkwardly during a challenge.Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year.

The red team will have to play without fabinho the next match until he works his way back to full fitness.

He suffered ankle ligaments damage after he fell awkwardly during a challenge.

Losing a player of the quality of Fabinho is big. Really bad,said Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
Red manager also said “It is bad news. we are not sure 100% but looks pretty sure he will not be involved in Christmas fixtures.
We have to replace him and we can replace him. Now it’s important that he does the right things and is back as soon as possible”.Until then, we have to find solutions. We are not the only team with injured players and that’s what we have to deal with, and we will.”

The Reds have 11 games over the next 34 days in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup and Club World Cup.Fabinho has started 12 out 13 league games this season and all five European fixtures.
Liverpool are eight points clear at the top of the Premier League .

Liverpool lifts the Champions League Trophy

Champions League Final Tottenham Vs Liverpool 1, June 2019.

On Saturday in the Champions League final, the Reds beat Tottenham 2-0 to lift the trophy for the sixth time, the first since 2005. Mohamed Salah scored the winner just two minutes thanks to a controversial penalty kick, while Divock Original who replaced Roberto Firmino in the second half scored in the dying minutes to seal the win.

Just two goals made Liverpool the Champions, Liverpool will be earning more than Premier League winner Man City as they won the Champions League.

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick leads Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

Lucas Moura’s hat-trick porpells Tottenham to Champions League final after beating Ajax 3-2

– Ajax vs Tottenham Champions League clash saw Lucas Moura help Spurs reach their first ever final

– They will face fellow Premier League side Liverpool in Madrid on June 1 to decide the winner of this season’s edition

– Ajax took the lead in the first half but let go of their two goals lead by allowing Moura steal the show in the second stanza

Premier League side Ajax are through to their first ever Champions League final following their 3-2 win over Ajax at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men produced a superb performance in the second half to outclass the Dutch side progress to the final on 3-3 aggregate.

Matthijs de Ligt opened scoring for the hosts through a header just five minutes into the game after connecting with Lasse Schoene’s cross.

The hosts continued to mount pressure on their guests having unsettled them in the early minutes of the clash with the goal.

As the game progressed, Hakim Ziyech doubled Ajax’s lead 30 minutes later through a superb finish from the left flank – a goal assisted by Dusan Tadic in the 35th minute.

And the Dutch side were to keep a clean sheet in the first stanza of the match before the referee signaled the end of the half.

However, on return to the pitch for the second half of the meeting, Mauricio Pochettino’s men took a different dimension as Lucas Moura became the hero of the night.

The former Paris Saint Germain star scored a hat-trick which propelled the north London side to the final of the championship for the first time in their history.

Moura grabbed his first goal of the match in the 55th minute after muscling a Dele Alli’s assist from close range and reduced his side’s deficit in the meeting.

Barely four minutes later, the 26-year-old doubled his tally and equally increased Spurs goals to two in the 59th minute.

It was however looking done and dusted for the Dutch Boys as they game had entered into the extra minutes.

But the Brazilian struck one more time in the 96th minute to ensure Tottenham qualify for the final and will face fellow EPL side Liverpool.

Coach Erik ten Hag’s men will however have themselves to blame for squandering their early lead in the encounter after conceding three goals in the second half of the match.

Spurs will now battle Liverpool on June 1 for the Champions League title with the Reds hoping to win their sixth – while the north Londoners will be aiming for their first ever UCL crown.