Lyon is Cristiano Ronaldo’s black beast. He already eliminated him in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2010 when he played for Real Madrid and a decade later, in the same round, history has repeated itself. The Portuguese star scored two goals but could not prevent the elimination of Juventus as the 2-1 qualification gave Rudi Garcia’s Olympique thanks to the double value of Memphis Depay’s goal in the opposite field after the 1-0 registered in February.
The game was marked by the two very controversial penalties indicated by Felix Zwayer in the first half. The 0-1 came after the German referee decreed a maximum penalty for a fall by Houssem Aouar despite the fact that Rodrigo Bentancur cut off his internship after throwing himself onto the pitch and clearly touching the ball. Rather than rectify the decision, the VAR confirmed it and Memphis Depay converted the pitch.
Three goals were missing
Juve needed three goals to overcome the tie and, despite not having clear ideas. They squeezed Lyon out of courage and pride. Federico Bernardeschi, in an incredible run down the right to the very goal, and Gonzalo Higuain, with a header on the only occasion he had, were about to score, like Cristiano Ronaldo in a direct free kick that Anthony Lopes saved with a save.
The historical record of Cristiano in Juventus
Juve found the reward before the break with another highly controversial penalty as Miralem Pjanic’s free-kick hit Depay’s right arm, close to the body, on the barrier and Zwayer whistled the fatal spot. Cristiano Ronaldo did not fail and gave hope to the Juve in the second half. In addition, with 36 goals on the aggregate of the season. He surpassed the record held by Ferenc Hirzer at Juve since the 1925-1926 season.
The goal of the Portuguese
Juventus still lacked a benchmark in the media to guide their game before; the limping Paulo Dybala entered the final stretch, but Cristiano Ronaldo once again threw the team on his back and out of nowhere he pulled out of the hat a left foot from outside the area that Anthony Lopes deflected. The ball entered after hitting the post (60 ‘).
Juventus had their options, such as a slightly deflected header from Leonardo Bonucci (64 ‘); and a clearer one from Cristiano Ronaldo that went high in a Dybala center (76’). The Argentine had just jumped onto the field but was barely a quarter of an hour; as he took a risk and suffered from his muscle injury.
Sarri’s project falters
Except for the aforementioned tie against Lyon in 2010. Cristiano Ronaldo had always reached the semifinals of the Champions League since 2007. Despite his strenuous effort, he is out of the final at 8 of Lisbon, the capital of his country; and this time he did not He may try to win it for the sixth time in his career. Maurizio Sarri’s project at Juventus falters.