“Really embarrassing performance from Juventus,” says Karen Carney on BT Sport. As is so often the case, in the end only Cristiano Ronaldo looked like he was capable of winning the game for Juventus tonight. With the exception of perhaps Alex Sandro, so much of what Juventus produced today was uninspiring and bleak. More questions to be asked of Maurizio Sarri.
88 min. Admirably, Lyon have not just parked their men behind the ball. They are still trying to finish on their terms, but as they chased another goal they were very nearly caught on the break.A cynical foul from Marçal on a counter attacking Ramsey earns him a yellow card, the ninth of tonight.
81 min It’s hard not to expect another big Ronaldo moment before this is all over. It nearly came after an excellent run from Sandro, who found Rabiot before the ball rolled to Ronaldo. The Portuguese took a couple of touches and then put his foot through the ball, but Anderson came up with a great block to deny him.
78 min Drama! A bit of a mess from Szczesny, who flew off his line to punch the ball away and completely missed the ball. As his former Arsenal teammate Ramsey attempted to clear the ball away, the Welshman also clipped Dembele who went down called for a penalty. After a pause for VAR, this one was rightfully not given.
76 min Chance! Dybala is already making his mark on his game with some beautiful combination play, instantly speeding up the Juventus passing. After Juventus win a corner, the Argentine then whips the corner in directly onto Ronaldo’s forehead. Surprisingly, Ronaldo sent the free header just over the bar. You really would have expected him to score there.
70 min Ronaldo is purring right now. He just made a fool out of Dubois on the left before whipping in an excellent cross to Higuain. Of course, Higuain has been a disaster so far today so he sent the header well over the bar. He really should have hit the target at the very least.
66 min A couple of substitutions for the away side. Former Arsenal player Jeff Reine-Adelaide replaces Karl Toko-Ekambi and Moussa Dembele, Lyon’s top goalscorer, finally comes on to replace Memphis Depay.
62 min After all of the penalty discussion, there can be no doubt about the skill and conviction behind that strike. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey has replaced Pjanic. Juventus will chase after this essential goal and you wonder how long Lyon can keep up with so few games in the team’s legs.
54 min Juventus have started the second half well with ample possession and they are moving the ball at a decent tempo through Lyon’s lines. Alex Sandro has particularly been a good outlet on the left flank. However, this attack comes to nothing as Lopes collects an overhit cross from Cuadrado.
50 min A spectacular pass from Cuadrado, who managed was aiming for Sandro on the other flank but his pass evaded the nearest player by about 10 metres and it went out for a throw in. Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsey and Moussa Dembele are both warming up on the sidelines.
47 min Ronaldo goes down on the edge of the area, but this time not even he protests. It looks like he picked up the ball and was ready to fire, only for his foot to collide with Caqueret, sending him falling down.
“I have to protest both of those penalty decisions. Aouar was already on his way down when Bentancur cleanly took the ball on the ground with his trailing leg in the proper position behind him. Meanwhile, Memphis deserved better with his arm tucked so close to his body. Still 0-0 as I would have called it (as I am sure everyone is dying to know).”
Over on BT Sport, Steve Mcmanaman concurs: “I don’t think either is a penalty.” I would not like to be referee Felix Zwayer today…
“I don’t understand how either penalty decision was given after VAR checks. Surely Bentancur takes the ball comfortably and Memphis barely moved his arm and it certainly wasn’t separated from his body. The handball rule continues to mystify.”
45 min Admirably, Lyon have responded to the goal by going back on the attack. Once again, they are finding most of their joy down the left and Houssem Aouar is particularly having a decent game. This time, Lyon win a free kick on the left after a foul on Cornet, but Bonucci clears with a firm header.
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