The group stage of the 2020-21 UEFA Champions League got off to a start on October 20.
Matchday 2 of the European competition has a mouth-watering tie between Juventus and Barcelona in store. And everyone were waiting to watch Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi go head to head again for the first time since the Portuguese national left Real Madrid. The last time the two faced off was in the El Clasico on 6 May 2018 where both scored a goal in a 2-2 draw.
However, Ronaldo's participation in the game has been ruled out after the Portuguese star's second Coronavirus test also returned positive on Tuesday. But the battle of the two European behemoths should still offer plenty to the fans.
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The former Sporting Lisbon prodigy hasn't featured for the Old Lady since failing a Covid-19 test while in Portugal camp earlier this month and failed a coronavirus test 24 hours before a match - meaning his participation in Wednesday's Champions League blockbuster against Barcelona has been ruled out.
Andrea Pirlo will rely on Paulo Dybala to provide the fireworks up front in Ronaldo's absence. But he has other concerns. Leonardo Bonucci came off from the field under duress with 15 minutes to play and was replaced by young defender Gianluca Frabotta.
Meanwhile, Dejan Kulusevski has enjoyed a solid start to his Juve career, with the 20-year-old contributing two goals and one assist in his five appearances across all competitions.
On the other side, Philippe Coutinho is set to miss Barcelona's trip to Juventus after suffering a hamstring injury and Gerard Pique suspended after being sent off in the 5-1 win over Ferencvaros.
Whereas the Blaugrana are winless in their last three Liga matches following Saturday's 1-3 Clasico defeat to Real Madrid, with Lionel Messi failing to score from open play in six games - baring the only two penalties to his name - under new coach Ronald Koeman’s set up.
Jordi Alba fired in a low cut-back, as he so often does, and Ansu Fati made sure he got on the end of it to score Barca's consolation goal against Madrid while Messi hasn’t been getting as many scoring chances as he would have liked, which could be a concern for Koeman to address.
Barca will have to avoid a defeat at the Allianz Stadium to remain top of Group G.
UEFA Champions League fixtures
|Date||Time (IST)||Match||TV Channel/stream|
|Oct 27||23:25||Lokomotiv Moskva vs Bayern||Sony Ten 2 SD & HD|
|Oct 27||23:25||Shakhtar Donetsk vs Inter||Sony Six SD & HD|
|Oct 28||01:30||Atletico Madrid vs Salzburg||Sony Ten 3 SD & HD|
|Oct 28||01:30||M'gladbach vs Real Madrid||Sony Six SD & HD|
|Oct 28||01:30||Marseille vs Man City||Sony Ten 2 SD & HD|
|Oct 28||01:30||Liverpool vs Midtjylland||Sony Ten 1 SD & HD|
|Oct 28||01:30||Porto vs Olympiakos||SonyLIV|
|Oct 28||01:30||Atalanta vs Ajax||SonyLIV|
|Oct 28||23:25||Krasnodar vs Chelsea||Sony Ten 2 SD & HD|
|Oct 28||23:25||İstanbul Başakşehir vs PSG||Sony Six SD & HD|
|Oct 29||01:30||Sevilla vs Rennes||Sony Ten 3 SD & HD|
|Oct 29||01:30||Dortmund vs Zenit||Sony Six SD & HD|
|Oct 29||01:30||Juventus vs Barcelona||Sony Ten 2 SD & HD|
|Oct 29||01:30||Man Utd vs Leipzig||Sony Ten 1 SD & HD|
|Oct 29||01:30||Clube Brugge vs Lazio||SonyLIV|
|Oct 29||01:30||Ferencváros vs Dynamo Kyiv||SonyLIV|