Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half screamer wasn’t enough to keep Juventus in the Champions League as the 2-1 win sent Lyon through on away goals on Friday night.
The first leg was played in February and ended 1-0 for the French side, so the Bianconeri needed to win by two clear goals to get past the Champions League Round of 16. Paulo Dybala was only fit for the bench, with Douglas Costa, Mattia De Sciglio and Sami Khedira injured.
Lyon started deep, trying to lure Juventus high up the pitch and use their pace in behind. It worked a few times and eventually Houssem Aouar came charging into the box, brought down by a sliding tackle from Rodrigo Bentancur and referee Zwayer awarded the visitors a penalty after 10 minutes.
Bentancur was clearly on the ball, but the pictures revealed that Federico Bernardeschi also caught the player slightly from behind and might have caused the fall, although even this was a harsh call. The decision stood without an on-field VAR review and Memphis Depay dinked it down the middle and into the back of the net behind Wojciech Szczesny. This put the tie firmly in Lyon's hands, 2-0 up on aggregate with an away goal.
Juventus tried to hit back, but couldn’t really test Anthony Lopes in the Lyon goal. Ronaldo had two attempts over the crossbar, should have done better on the second, a header form eight yards over the bar.
Bernardeschi had a great attempt, as his run on the byline went all the way. He sat goalkeeper Lopes down and passed him with a drop of a shoulder, but was stopped just before he could pass it into the net by a last-ditch tackle at the near post.
Ronaldo then forced a great save from Lopes, as he found a way over the Lyon wall from a free kick just outside the area. The Lyon ‘keeper managed to get a hand on the ball and push it wide.
Miralem Pjanic was next in line as Juventus got another free kick from a similar position outside the area, this time he hit the wall, but the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Depay stopped it with his elbow, but the hand was close to his chest. Another controversial penalty, one that Ronaldo converted, but the match was tied at 1-1 after 45 minutes.
Juventus came out with the intensions of turning the game around quickly and a little magic from Ronaldo made the second half highly interesting.
The Portuguese superstar smashed into the top corner after 15 minutes. Lopes got a hand on it but couldn’t keep it out, as he pushed it into the side netting.
Juventus were on and kept pinning Lyon back for most of the half. Ronaldo was involved in most of what happened going forward, but the Ligue 1 side were very well organised at the back and kept blocking the Old Lady.
Higuain and Ronaldo had big chances from headers in the box, but neither managed to push them down. Dybala had replaced Bernardeschi to come on and make the difference and his corner found Ronaldo on point in the box, Ronaldo flew over the ball but couldn’t meet it properly.
Depay kept running and giving De Ligt and Leo Bonucci a handful at the back, before Moussa Dembele replaced him and continued to trouble the Old Lady with his physique, making it dangerous to throw everything forward.
Dybala had to come off only 14 minutes after having entered, hobbling off the pitch holding his thigh. Juventus are out of the Champions League after having kept huffing and puffing until the end, but it wasn’t to be for Sarri’s men tonight.
Lyon are the first side to have eliminated Juventus in a knockout round.
Juventus 2-1 Lyon (Half-Time, 1-2 agg)
Depay pen 12 (L), Ronaldo pen 42, 60 (J)
Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado (Danilo 70), Bonucci, De Ligt, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic (Ramsey 60), Rabiot; Bernardeschi (Dybala 70 ) (Olivieri 84), Higuain, Ronaldo
Lyon: Lopes; Marcal, Denayer (Andersen 61), Marcelo; Dubois (Tete 90), Aouar (Thiago Mendes 90), Guimaraes, Caqueret, Cornet; Ekambi (Reine-Adelaide 67), Depay (Dembele 67)
Ref: Zwayer (GER)
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