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Juventus - OL: They've done it! (2-1)

Published on 07 August 2020 at 11:40 PM
Juventus - OL : Ils l'ont fait ! (2-1)
Despite their 2-1 defeat and thanks to their previous victory at Groupama Stadium in March, OL have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Champions League by eliminating Juventus. After a very good start, Lyon struggled but showed a steely mental strength to win the tie! They will face Manchester City on Saturday August 15 in the Final 8 in Lisbon.

Key moments

12’. Penalty won by Aouar and converted by Memphis with a panenka. 0-1.
20'. Incredible tackle by Marcelo on Bernardeschi.
20'. Ronaldo's header flies over.
40'. Miracle save by Lopes to block a free kick from Ronaldo.
43'. Unjustified penalty for a handball by Memphis and converted by Ronaldo. 1-1.
58'. Powerful strike from Guimaraes passes over the bar
60'. Ronaldo's powerful shot from the edge of the area finds the back of the net 2-1.
64'. Bonucci's header is just wide.
76'. Ronaldo's header is off-target.

 

Match summary

This match had been greatly anticipated. Five months later, OL could finally play the second leg against Juventus. After winning the first leg at Groupama Stadium (1-0), Memphis' teammates went to Piedmont with a great ambition of returning with a ticket to the Final 8 in Lisbon in their sights. To do so, coach Rudi Garcia opted for a 3-5-2 in which Toko Ekambi replaced Dembélé in a change from the cruel Coupe de la Ligue final against PSG.


The pace and intent was there at the start of the match. Lyon's press, initiated by Caqueret and Aouar, troubled the Old Lady and allowed OL to play the ball close to the Turin penalty area. The match had its first turning point with a penalty. The captain, Memphis, was brimming with confidence and gave his side the lead with a daring panenka. Stunned, the Italian champions tried to come back. The two teams went blow for blow but Juve logically took the game into their own hands. As the end of the first half drew near, the referee decided to whistle a generous penalty for the Turinese. A boon for Ronaldo who equalized and infuriating for Lyonnais who had played at a very high level in the first period.

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The second half resumed with a bang. The Lyon players moved forward and resisted the hesitating Italians. However, OL took the unfortunate tendency of letting their opponents play and suffered repeated attacks from the Old Lady. Five-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo punished them again with a sharp shot on the hour. 2-1. The last 30 minutes were shaping up to be a long time for Anthony Lopes’s team-mates who could no longer play on the front foot as much. The arrivals of Dembélé and Reine-Adelaide, on as substitutes, provided a breath of fresh air for their teammates who were still under threat from a Ronaldo who seemed to be on a mission. However, Lyon, solid and united, would get their qualification at the end of a suspenseful second half. It was an unforgettable evening for OL, who recorded a historic performance here with qualification to the quarterfinals against Manchester City on Saturday August 15 in Lisbon. What a moment of joy!

Match details

At Juventus Stadium, Turin. 

UCL (Round of 16 second leg) : Juventus Turin - OL 2-1 (1-1) 

Referee: Felix Zwayer.

Goals : Memphis (12' pen) for OL. Ronaldo (43' pen, 60') for Juventus. 

Bookings : Aouar (19'), Dubois (38'), Memphis (42'), Lopes (76'), Cornet (79'), Caqueret (87'), Marçal (89') for OL. Cuadrado (32'), Bentancur (44') for Juventus. 

Juventus : Szczesny - Cuadrado (Danilo, 71'), De Ligt, Bonucci (cap.), Alex Sandro - Bentancur, Pjanic (Ramsey, 61'), Rabiot - Bernardeschi (Dybala, 71') (Olivieri, 84'), Higuain, Ronaldo. Manager : Maurizio Sarri. 

OL : Lopes - Denayer (Andersen, 61'), Marcelo, Marçal - Dubois (Tete, 90+1'), Caqueret, Guimaraes, Aouar (Mendes, 90+1'), Cornet - Toko Ekambi (Reine-Adélaïde, 67'), Memphis (cap.) (Dembélé, 67'). Manager: Rudi Garcia. 

 

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