LYON (FRANCE) – Champions League first knockout round first leg, Lyon-Juventus 1-0 , goal: Tousart in the 31st minute.
Juventus' surprise defeat on the Lyon pitch. The Serie A leaders faced a seventh-ranked team in France, without its star Depay, and without the injured Rafael and Kone. Lyon that tonight has regained the affection of its fans after weeks of bitter contestation (especially against coach Rudi Garcia).
Tonight Sarri did everything to bring home a positive result but the bianconeri played really badly. Ronaldo and Dybala have not affected and even after Higuain's entry into the pitch in the second half, and therefore the transition to the trident "Dygualdo", things have improved.
Lyon played better and deserved to win. The French scored a goal with Tousart, taking advantage of De Ligt's momentary exit from the pitch and therefore the provisional numerical superiority, and hit a crossbar with Ekambi.
Juve had the best scoring chances in the second half but Dybala fired off a favorable position. In the final game, Juve started throwing crosses in Lyon's penalty area but the hosts defended themselves in order and won the first leg against all odds.
Juve remain favorite for the passage of the round but now they will have to overturn the result at the Stadium. Last year, he won 3 to 0 against Atletico after losing 2 to 0 in Madrid. This time you need much less but the team will have to play in a decidedly different way. Tonight's is among the worst performances of the Sarri era.
Lyon-Juventus 1-0, goal by Tousart and Ekambi's crossbar. Dybala shoots high from a good position.
Rudi Garcia's Lyon challenged Juventus with Lopes; Denayer, Marcelo, Marçal; Dubois, Guimaraes, Tousart, Aouar, Cornet; Toko Ekambi and Dembele.
Maurizio Sarri's Juventus responded to the former Roma manager with Szczesny; Danilo, De Ligt, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Bentancur, Pjanic, Rabiot; Cuadrado, Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo .
The first scoring opportunity was created by Juventus in the fourth minute. Cristiano Ronaldo freed himself in dribbling an opponent and started a cross shot from the left that almost surprised Lopes. Lyon very close to scoring in the 21st minute, Ekambi frees himself from the marking of the Juventus players and goes to hit the ball on the head at the near post, his shot is rejected by the crossbar at Szczesny beaten.
Lyon took the lead in the 31st minute with Juventus in ten men for the momentary exit from the field of De Ligt (covered in blood after receiving a blow on the head). Lucas Tousart bags from two steps, on the fly, after a great action on the left of Aouar.
Juventus touched the tie at 35 '. Cristiano Ronaldo started a very angled shot that came out of a whisker. The first half ended on a zero result for Lyon. Juventus close to a draw at 69 ', cross from the left by Alex Sandro and Dybala's sure-footed shot that comes out of a whisker. The Argentine could have done better by two steps.
At 70 ', Sarri tried everything for everything by including Higuain in place of Cuadrado. Another scoring opportunity for Dybala in the 85th minute. The Argentine picked up a short rebound from Lyon's defense but kicked sky high from a good position. It is over, Lyon beat Juve by the measure. The qualification will be decided in the Stadium match.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano