Champions League: Sluggish Juventus slump to surprise defeat at Lyon

Ross Houston
February 27, 2020

In a joint statement, Laurent Fautra, the mayor of Decines, where Lyon's Groupama Stadium is situated, and Christophe Quiniou, his counterpart in neighbouring Meyzieu, urged French authorities not to allow Juve fans to travel to the game.

Then, forward Paulo Dybala had a goal ruled out for offside in the 87th.

Juventus have only won four of their last eight competitive matches and their captain Leonardo Bonucci said his team had improved.

Juventus were straight out of the blocks as Cristiano Ronaldo burst forward and his cross found its way past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and was nearly tapped in by Juan Cuadrado, who couldn't quite make contact.

"We were second to every ball in the first half, I don't know why".


Juventus head coach Maurizio Sarri says the coronavirus is a "European issue".

"I can not get the players to understand the importance of moving the ball quickly". "The second half was better, but frankly it's not enough for a Champions League match". I don't know why, I can not get the players to understand the importance of moving the ball quickly.

Karl Toko-Ekambi hit the woodwork shortly before Tousart found the back of the net after excellent work by Houssem Aouar as Lyon showed poise and discipline.

"It's a European issue, therefore I think that our supporters have all the rights to be here in Lyon", Sarri said.

Juve were at the time down to 10 men as Mathias De Ligt was getting treatment for blood on his head after being accidentally stamped on by team mate Alex Sandro.


Aouar cut inside down the left, beating two defenders, and whipped in a cross which Tousart clipped in despite being off balance.

"In Italy we have done 3,500 tests and we have a certain number of positive cases".

Juventus grew into the game in the second half, but were unable to muster a single shot on target from 14 efforts, let alone find what would have been an important away goal ahead of the second leg in Turin on March 17.

In Wednesday's other game, Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at Real Madrid.


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