Trainer Rudi Garcia and the players of Olympique Lyon fully believe in a great continuation of the Champions League adventure. Partly thanks to a goal from captain Memphis Depay, Juventus was eliminated in the eighth finals on Friday.
Memphis, just back from his serious knee injury, put Lyon 0-1 with a 'panenka' penalty. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo made it 2-1, but that was enough for Lyon to continue.
"That Memphis goal was exactly what we wanted and made the difference. After the Juventus goal, we didn't panic, we kept playing well and got the job done," said a happy manager Garcia.
"Everyone has their share in this victory and now we go to Lisbon. We have outsider status and will do everything we can to qualify for the semi-final."
Memphis scores with panenka in the eighth final against Juventus
'No coincidence that we are the quarter-finalist'
Memphis did not speak to the media after the game in Turin, but a few teammates of the Orange International did. Confidence within the selection of the French top club is high.
"We are full of ambition and can keep dreaming. We have every right to that. We have shown character and mental resilience against Juventus," said keeper Anthony Lopes.
Defender Léo Dubois: "Everyone continued to believe in it after Ronaldo's second goal. We are mentally very strong and are already thinking about Lisbon. It is no coincidence that we are in the quarter-finals."
Lyon will face Manchester City in the battle for a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Summary Juventus-Olympique Lyon (2-1)