Juventus picked up a 2-1 win over Lyon in Friday’s Champions League last-16 tie, but have been nonetheless sent crashing out of the competitors thanks to Lyon’s away goal.
Lyon’s early positivity was rewarded with a penalty after simply ten minutes as Houssem Aouar was controversially deemed to be tripped within the field, and Memphis Depay transformed a pleasant Panenka to lengthen the French side’s lead. However, hero turned villain quickly after as Depay’s questionable handball gave Cristiano Ronaldo the penalty he wanted to equalise shortly before the break.
Juventus managed proceedings within the second half and wanted 15 minutes to seize a goal by way of Ronaldo’s long-range drive. The Italian side pushed and pushed, missing two nice headers which might have sealed their spot within the next round, but Lyon held agency and have been those celebrating when the whistle was blown.
Let’s get into some player scores.
Wojciech Szczęsny (GK) – 6/10 – Helpless to stop the penalty and did not actually have much to do after that.
Juan Cuadrado (RB) – 5/10 – Played with just a little too much urgency and was guilty of needlessly shedding possession with some rushed passes.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 6/10 – Enjoyed a troublesome battle with countryman Depay and customarily got here out on top all through.
Leonardo Bonucci (CB) – 6/10 – Solid on the back but missed an impressive likelihood to bag what might have been a successful goal.
Alex Sandro (LB) – 7/10 – An actual risk within the second half, utilizing his tempo and creativity to cause numerous issues down the left.
Rodrigo Bentancur (CM) – 6/10 – Unfairly penalised for the penalty but recovered nicely to pose some actual risk in assault.
Miralem Pjanić (CM) – 5/10 – Guilty of just a few too many sideways passes before being hauled off after an hour.
Adrien Rabiot (CM) – 6/10 – Lyon struggled to deal with the Frenchman’s energy and directness with the ball at his ft, but the end product was sadly missing.
Federico Bernardeschi (RW) – 7/10 – Showcased the sort of creativity and pleasure which fans have been begging for this season. Could have netted a wonderful solo goal within the first half.
Gonzalo Higuain (ST) – 5/10 – Lack of mobility was uncovered by Lyon’s line of defense, who sat back and marshalled Higuain all night time.
Cristiano Ronaldo (LW) – 8/10 – Endured a troublesome start but quickly went full Ronaldo, stealing the show with a terrific goal.
Aaron Ramsey – 6/10
Danilo – 6/10
Paulo Dybala – N/A
Marco Olivieri – 6/10
Anthony Lopes (GK) – 6/10 – Made a improbable save to deny Ronaldo from a first-half free kick but might do little or no concerning the goals.
Jason Denayer (CB) – 6/10 – Solid sufficient throughout his time on the pitch. Enjoyed coping with crosses in the direction of Higuain.
Marcelo (CB) – 7/10 – Made a ridiculous challenge to deny Bernadeschi what would have been a sure goal. An actual tie-winner.
Fernando Marçal (CB) – 5/10 – Found Bernardeschi far too much to deal with for the first hour and looked to be taking part in catch-up.
Léo Dubois (RM) – 4/10 – Energetic early on but was utterly overwhelmed by Ronaldo…which is honest sufficient actually.
Maxence Caqueret (CM) – 7/10 – A strong European debut from the 20-year-old, who played with an actual fearlessness as he ran at Juve’s defence.
Bruno Guimarães (CM) – 5/10 – Struggled on the base of Lyon’s midfield, failing to shield the defence or carry something to the assault.
Houssem Aouar (CM) – 7/10 – Was excellent early on, dribbling round Juve’s defence and spraying passes round, and was Lyon’s major approach out of the defence all night.
Maxwel Cornet (LM) – 6/10 – Impressed within the first half but noticed his influence fade as he was tasked with more defending after the break.
Memphis Depay (ST) – 6/10 – Took his penalty with actual swagger but looked deflated after controversially giving one away. Looked up for it but struggled to translate that into possibilities.
Karl Toko Ekambi (ST) – 6/10 – A shock starter, he looked threatening but was shortly swallowed up by Juve’s back line. Withdrawn shortly after the hour mark.
Joachim Andersen – 5/10
Moussa Dembélé – 6/10
Jeff Reine-Adelaide – 6/10
Kenny Tete – N/A
Thiago Mendes – N/A
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