Aaron Ramsey has apologized to teammate Cristiano Ronaldo after denying him an opportunity to score Juve’s opening goal in the 2:1 win away to Lokomotiv Moscow in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Douglas Costa scored the winner for the Old Ladies in the 93rd minute to send them through to the knockout stages of the competition with two games to spare. They’ll now have to battle it out for who tops the group.
However, the first goal for Juve which was tucked in by Ramsey was the one that stole the spotlight and risked infuriating the Portuguese international.
Juventus took the lead with their 300th Champions League goal in a confusing manner in the fourth minute of the game. Ronaldo curled a freekick from the left flank and Lokomotive goalie, Guilherme, let the ball slip through his hands and almost rolled completely over the line before Ramsey poked it into the net and was awarded the goal.
“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 apologized to Cristiano.”
Juventus’ lead on the night lasted for just 8 minutes before Alexei Miranchuk leveled for the Russian side with a rebound after his header crashed against the post.
However, a moment of brilliance by Douglas Costa was all the game needed for a winner to emerge. The Brazilian took the ball from the left flank and cut inside, skipping past three defenders in the process. He then proceeded to play a one-two with Higuain, thereby dodging two more Lokomotiv players and slotting the ball through Guilherme’s legs.
“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 Costa, who was subbed into the game in the 70th-minute.
“We still have work to do to finish top but we achieved our target of qualifying tonight, so we’re happy that we’ve done that,” Ramsey said.