- https://www.elmundo.es/eventos/en-directo/2020/08/07/86867-juventus-lyon/. This is how we live it
The Juventus is Christian and nothing else. Well, it is also Dybala , but the Argentine, injured, barely endured an inconsequential quarter of an hour on the field. And without him, the Italian team did not make a greater argument than their faith in the Portuguese striker. Juve aspired for everything to be like last season in this same Champions League round , when their crack scorched Atlético with three goals in an unforgettable comeback. But this time, Cristiano could not overcome the football loneliness in which he lives. He scored two goals that were not enough for Lyonbite the dust, certifying the disappointment already outlined five months ago in the first leg and seriously questioning the continuity of a Sarri who has failed to make his Juventus a recognizable team. It was enough for him to win Serie A, but not to get far in the Champions League.
This Lyon, trained for this meeting in the final of the League Cup last Friday, had no secrets. He lost it on penalties, yes, but leaving an entire PSG to zero for 120 minutes has extraordinary defensive merit. Is to Rudi Garcia a group that trusts all his strength back, armed from a five - man defense, and precision counterattack by Depay, Ekambi and Dembélé . It was not enough to offer a good performance in Ligue 1, stopped with the Lyonnais in seventh position, but it was enough to advance in the Champions much more than expected. For now, until the quarterfinals, where he will meet Manchester City , right now a much more demanding test than this Juventus.
From the first minutes, the Piedmontese team plunged into their own frustration, unable to find their forwards, Cristiano and Higuaín , who started last night due to Dybala's precarious physical condition , in a good position . Aouar warned the Italians with a shot close to the post before Lyon took the lead. He did it thanks to a penalty converted by Depay that only the referee saw, in which Bentancur correctly sliced the ball. The referee, on the other hand, interpreted that he had knocked down Aouar in his action and decreed a maximum penalty that the VAR did not see fit to rectify.
Juventus needed at that time three goals after the 1-0 in the first leg and, given his lack of football, they held on to Cristiano, who did not get anything in the first half: two shots offside, a deflected header one of those that does not usually fail, a foul to the barrier, another resolved with a great save by Lopes ... The third was already left to Pjanic -to title despite his announced departure to Barcelona for the next year- and in it the The referee sanctioned another implausible penalty for a hand from Depay, close to the body and standing on the wall. Crazy. The VAR continued on strike - impossible not to think that the first decision conditions the second - and Cristiano converted the penalty.
The black hole that Bentancur and Rabiot drew in the center of the field prevented Juventus from progressing towards the comeback they needed, against a Lyon each minute that passed more blatantly entrenched. The good news for Sarri's men is that they always have the Cristiano wild card at their disposal. And the Portuguese, out of the blue, invented a left-footed shot from outside the area that Lopes could only brush before it became Juventus' second goal.
Sarri sought more dominance of the interior plot with the entry of Ramsey , an arriving midfielder, and Dybala, a teacher moving between lines to generate superiorities. They were, on the other hand, the only offensive resources that the Italian had on the bench. But the Argentine, still in cotton wool, barely held out for a quarter of an hour before having to ask for change. It was the finishing touch for a Juventus that, although he never stopped believing, lacked football and alternatives to finish breaking down the Lyon wall, another surprise guest in the quarterfinals of this Champions League.
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