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Dortmund reach CL last-16 despite being held by Lazio

DORTMUND/TURIN/ SEVILLE, DEC 3 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/3/2020 1:28:32 PM IST

Borussia Dortmund secured their place in the last 16 of the Champions League despite missing top scorer Erling Braut Haaland as they drew 1-1 with Lazio on Wednesday. Haaland, the joint top scorer in the Champions League with six goals, was absent from the matchday squad because of a hamstring injury.

Dortmund missed his presence in attack but took the lead before half time when Raphael Guerreiro stabbed in. Ciro Immobile’s second-half penalty earned Lazio a draw. While Dortmund progress from Group F with a game to spare, Lazio need at least a draw against Club Bruges - who beat Zenit St Petersburg 3-0 on Wednesday - in their final game to ensure qualification.
Ronaldo scores 750th 
goal with female referee
Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 750th goal of his remarkable career in a 3-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday as Stephanie Frappart became the first female referee to take charge of a Champions League match. Federico Chiesa, with his first-ever Champions League goal, and Alvaro Morata were also on target while Ronaldo reached another milestone although it was far from his most spectacular goal as the ball appeared to go in off his shin. The 35-year-old has scored 450 goals for Real Madrid, 118 for Manchester United, 102 for Portugal, 75 for Juventus and five for his first club, Sporting.
Ronaldo said on Instagram: “750 goals, 750 happy moments, 750 smiles on the faces of our fans. Thanks to all the players and coaches who have helped me reach this incredible number, thanks to all my loyal opponents who have made me work harder and harder every day.”
With Juventus already qualified from Group G and Dynamo Kyiv already eliminated, the main interest was focused on Frappart but the Frenchwoman was barely noticed -- usually regarded as a good sign for a referee’s performance. 
Ronaldo side-footed against the bar before halftime but, as usual, the Portuguese was not to be denied and was on target in the 57th minute with his tenth goal in eight games this season.
4-goal Giroud seals top spot for dominant Chelsea
Striker Olivier Giroud scored four as a dominant Chelsea won 4-0 at Sevilla on Wednesday to secure top spot in Champions League Group E with a match to spare.
The result left Chelsea with 13 points from five games, three ahead of second-placed Sevilla with a better head-to-head record against the Spanish side after their 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture. Giroud opened his account in the eighth minute with a left-footed finish from 10 metres after a darting run through the middle by Kai Havertz, with Chelsea missing two more chances in a lop-sided first half.
PSG beat Man United  3-1
UEFA Champions League’s Group H is wide open after Manchester United suffered a 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford in the matchday’s headline clash on Wednesday evening.
PSG opened the scoring after six minutes, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combining well before the latter cooly finished at the near post.
United equalised just after the half hour mark after Marcus Rashford’s strike from the edge of the area was directed into his own goal by Danilo Pereira. Both sides rattled the cross bar in the second half - first Edinson Cavani with a fabulous chip and then Marquinhos with a header - before Marquinhos gave the visitors the lead, prodding home from a corner.
Neymar put the game beyond doubt in the dying stages of the game, finishing a move he had started inside his own half with a superb piece of skill.
Barcelona  beat Ferencvaros 3-0
Barcelona are favourites to finish top of Group G as they maintained their 100% start to the Champions League with a comfortable win 3-0 at Ferencvaros on Wednesday. The Catalan giants will ensure they win the group with a point against Juventus next week. Coach Ronald Koeman made five changes to the XI that started in Sunday’s win over Osasuna, which included resting Lionel Messi.
However, the 33-year-old’s influential presence was not missed as Barca all but sealed victory by scoring three goals in the first 28 minutes. Antoine Griezmann gave the visitors the lead with a deft backheel after fellow Frenchman Ousmane Dembele and Spanish left-back Jordi Alba had pierced the defence with good combination play on the left.
Dembele rampaged down the wing again for the second goal, delivering a low cross for Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite to poke in his fourth goal in the past three matches. The French winger then added the third goal from the spot after Braithwaite had been fouled in the area by Abraham Frimpong.
 
 

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