Sport Messi and Ronaldo to meet in Champions League group stage
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will do battle in the 2020/21 Champions League after Barcelona and Juventus were drawn in the same group.
LaLiga giants Barca and Serie A champions Juve were paired together in Group G at Thursday's draw, along with Dynamo Kiev and Ferencvaros.
Messi and Ronaldo have played against each other five times in the Champions League, the former on the winning side twice and as many matches ending in a draw. While Ronaldo has managed a solitary win, he has failed to score in their previous meetings.
Messi and Ronaldo absent from UEFA Player of the Year shortlist
In a sign of changing times in the game, Messi and Ronaldo didn't make the top three for the UEFA accolade after coming up short in the Champions League. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Cristiano Ronaldo is missing from the shortlist for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award 2/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Lionel Messi is also absent from the top three after Barcelona's Champions League humiliation 3/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne makes the three-man shortlist for the annual award
Bayern Munich, who defeated Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 to be crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time in Lisbon in August, will come up against Atletico Madrid in Group A.
PSG were drawn with Manchester United, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in what looks a tough Group H, while Liverpool - winners of the competition in 2019 - will lock horns with Ajax, Atalanta and Midtjylland in Group D.
1 - Paris have won only one of their 6 games against English sides in the group stage of the Champions League (D3 L2), against Liverpool on 28 November 2018. Ole.— OptaJean (@OptaJean)
Real Madrid are in Group B with Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach, while Europa League holders Sevilla have Chelsea for company in Group E, along with Krasnodar and Rennes.
Could Semedo form a dynamic partnership with Traore at Wolves?
The impact Nelson Semedo's arrival in the Premier League could have at Wolves is equally as tantilising as the effect of his departure on Barcelona. However, to first summarise the Portugal defender's summer by just mentioning the agreement between Barcelona and Wolves fails to capture the uncertainty that has all too often shrouded the Catalan giants' transfer window.The Lionel Messi saga saw extremely public twists and turns of a detailed financial nature which the club have managed to resolve, but Semedo's future seems to have been kept well under wraps for much of the calendar year.
Group C comprises of Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, Porto, Olympiacos and Marseille, while Zenit, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio are joined by Club Brugge in Group F.
The final will be staged at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 29, 2021.
1 - Chelsea have won just one of their last 10 European games against Spanish opposition (D5 L4), a 2-1 victory away against Atletico Madrid in September 2017. Blues.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe)
Champions League group stage draw:
Group A: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow
Group B: Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach
Group C: Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Marseille
Group D: Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, Midtjylland
Group E: Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes
Group F: Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge
Group G: Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvaros
Group H: Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, RB Leipzig, Istanbul Basaksehir
Lionel Messi's half-time tunnel row with referee is caught on camera .
Messi argued with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande on the field and, as tunnel cam TV footage from Movistar has revealed, didn't let the debate rest during half-time. 1/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Lionel Messi remonstrated with referee Carlos del Cerro Grande at half-time following Clement Lenglet's red card in Thursday night's Barcelona vs Celta Vigo clash 2/4 SLIDES © Provided by Daily Mail Messi, Gerard Pique and manager Ronald Koeman crowded around the official in the tunnel to demand an explanation for the sending off 3/4 SLIDES ©&