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Champions League: Lyon condemn Maurizio Sarri to Juventus axe as Manchester City outwit Real Madrid to make quarter-finals (VIDEO)

Added 08-08-20 09:37:02am EST - “There will be no sixth Champions League title for Cristiano Ronaldo this season after Juventus were ousted at the round of 16 stage by Lyon, while Man City again beat Real Madrid 2-1 to reach next week's quarter-finals in Lisbon.” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “Champions League: Lyon condemn Maurizio Sarri to Juventus axe as Manchester City outwit Real Madrid to make quarter-finals (VIDEO)”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The long-awaited return of the Champions League became an excellent night for relative newcomers to the latter stages of Europe's most prestigious club competition.

Neither Lyon nor Manchester City have ever gone beyond the semi-finals, and the club that finished seventh in Lique 1, winning only 11 of their 28 league games while sneaking through to the round of 16 after finishing second in their group, looked to have a precarious 1-0 lead against a Juventus side, Cristiano Ronaldo and all, who were thought to have underperformed in the first leg at the Groupama Stadium in February.

What no-one seemed to mention was that the visitors had a captain in Netherlands striker Memphis Depay with a goal on each of his appearances in the Champions League this season, and a young playmaker in Houssem Aouar whose six assists made him the equal of Lionel Messi since the start of last season in terms of providing goals.

That partnership led to the first goal in Turin, when Aouar was somewhat dubiously adjudged to have been fouled, allowing Depay to delight in chipping an impudent Panenka penalty for the 12th-minute opener, stranding Wojciech Szczęsny as Juventus's poor defensive record continued.

Suddenly requiring three goals to save an underwhelming season, Juve toiled, relying on a dazzling run from Federico Bernardeschi that almost saw him walking the ball into the net from the byline and a typically fearsome Ronaldo free-kick that Anthony Lopes did brilliantly to second-guess, taking a crucial step to his right just as the effort was struck, allowing him to claw the ball away.


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