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Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals weren’t enough to secure Juventus passage into the Champions League quarterfinals as Lyon advanced 2-2 on aggregate.
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Juventus Football Club (from Latin: iuventūs, “youth”; Italian pronunciation: [juˈvɛntus]), colloquially known as Juventus and Juve (pronounced [ˈjuːve]), is a professional football club based in Turin, Piedmont, Italy, that competes in the Serie A, the top flight of Italian football. Nicknamed I Bianconeri (The Black and Whites) or La Vecchia Signora (The Old Lady), the club was founded in 1897 by a group of students from Turin. They have played home matches in grounds around its city, the latest being the 41,507-capacity Juventus Stadium since 2011.
Juventus has won 36 official league titles, 13 Coppa Italia titles, and eight Supercoppa Italiana titles, being the record holder for all these competitions; two Intercontinental Cups, two European Cups / UEFA Champions Leagues, one European Cup Winners’ Cup, a joint national record of three UEFA Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and a joint national record of one UEFA Intertoto Cup. Consequently, the side leads the historical Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) ranking, whilst on the international stage occupies the 5th position in Europe and the eleventh in the world for most confederation titles won with eleven trophies, having led the UEFA ranking during seven seasons since its inception in 1979, the most for an Italian team and joint second overall.
Founded with the name of Sport-Club Juventus, initially as an athletics club, it is the second oldest of its kind still active in the country after Genoa’s football section (1893) and has competed uninterruptedly in the top flight league (reformulated as Serie A from 1929) since its debut in 1900 after changing its name to Foot-Ball Club Juventus, with the exception of the 2006–07 season, being managed by the industrial Agnelli family almost continuously since 1923. The relationship between the club and that dynasty is the oldest and longest in national sports, making Juventus one of the first professional sporting clubs ante litteram in the country, having established itself as a major force in the national stage since the 1930s and at confederation level since the mid-1970s and becoming one of the first ten wealthiest in world football in terms of value, revenue and profit since the mid-1990s, being listed on the Borsa italiana since 2001.Under the management of Giovanni Trapattoni, the club won 13 trophies in the ten years before 1986, including six league titles and five international titles, and became the first to win all three seasonal competitions organised by the Union of European Football Associations: the 1976–77 UEFA Cup (first Southern European side to do so), the 1983–84 Cup Winners’ Cup and the 1984–85 European Cup. With successive triumphs in the 1984 European Super Cup and 1985 Intercontinental Cup, it became the first and thus far only in the world to complete a clean sweep of all confederation trophies; an achievement that they revalidated with the title won in the 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup after another successful era led by Marcello Lippi, becoming in addition the only professional Italian club to have won every ongoing honour available to the first team and organised by a national or international football association. In December 2000, Juventus was ranked seventh in the FIFA’s historic ranking of the best clubs in the world and nine years later was ranked second best club in Europe during the 20th Century based on a statistical study series by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS), the highest for an Italian club in both.The club’s fan base is the largest at national level and one of the largest worldwide. Unlike most European sporting supporters’ groups, which are often concentrated around their own club’s city of origin, it is widespread throughout the whole country and the Italian diaspora, making Juventus a symbol of anticampanilismo (“anti-parochialism”) and italianità (“Italianness”). Juventus players have won eight Ballon d’Or awards, four of these in consecutive years (1982–1985, an overall record), among these the first player representing Serie A, Omar Sívori, as well as Michel Platini and three of the five recipients with Italian nationality as the former member of the youth sector Paolo Rossi; they have also won four FIFA World Player of the Year awards, with winners as Roberto Baggio and Zinedine Zidane, a national record and third and joint second highest overall, respectively, in the cited prizes. Additionally, players representing the club have won 11 Serie A Footballer of the Year awards including the only goalkeeper to win it, Gianluigi Buffon, and 17 players were inducted in the Serie A Team of the Year, being both also a record. Finally, the club has also provided the most players to the Italy national team—mostly in official competitions in almost uninterrupted way since 1924—who often formed the group that led the Azzurri squad to international success, most importantly in the 1934, 1982 and 2006 FIFA World Cups.
Juventus vs. Lyon – Football Match Report – August 7, 2020
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Having won the first leg 1-0 in France prior to the coronavirus shutdown in March, Memphis Depay scored a 13th minute penalty to provide the Ligue 1 side the vital away goal at Juventus Stadium.
Ronaldo gave Juventus hope when the Portugal star converted from the spot himself minutes before halftime following a controversial handball call on Depay.
Juventus vs. Lyon – Football Match Report – August 7, 2020
Ronaldo scored again in the 60th minute on a booming shot from outside the box that clipped the hands of outstretched Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes and into the net.
The brace means that Ronaldo finishes the season with most goals in a single campaign for Juventus with 37. He beat the 35-goal tally of Ferenc Hizrez — a goalscoring record which stood for 95 years.
But the record will mean little as neither Ronaldo nor his side could get the crucial third goal of the evening needed to win, the first time since 2015-16 that Juve fail to get to the quarterfinals.
“I actually expected less from us, I think we played a great game. We fell behind to a penalty kick that could have made us lose our heads and we had three chances when we were 2-1 ahead,” Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said after the match.
“We knew we needed courage, talent and a little bit of fortune,” said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia. “We played a very good first leg as well but, with Cristiano Ronaldo, we knew we could have been knocked out at any moment.
The last time Ronaldo failed to reach that stage of in the competition was in his first season with Real Madrid (2009-10).
Depay’s goal didn’t come without some controversy as Rodrigo Bentancur appeared to get the ball cleanly off Houssem Aouar but referee Felix Zwayer pointed to the spot and chose not to look at the incident on the pitchside monitor.
The Dutch star then converted with a cheeky Panenka-style penalty which sent Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way.
The defeat left Juventus Sarri in an uncomfortable position as the Champions League title eluded the Turin side for another season.
Although Juventus have won Serie A for nine seasons in a row, they have not been able to get their hands on the European trophy since 1996 when they won it for the second time.
Despite continuing the domestic run, Sarri failed to give Juventus the flamboyant touch the club had been looking for as well as missing out on their main goal.
When asked whether he feared he would lose his job, Sarri said he found that question “offensive.”
“I don’t think top-level executives decide based on a single game,” he said. “I think they make wider evaluations — whether they be for or against.”
Friday’s result means that Lyon’s opponents in the quarterfinals are Manchester City, who ousted Real Madrid in the day’s other match.
“We don’t need to put limits for us,” Garcia added. “We are one of the best eight teams in Europe, we know Manchester City are a better team but it’s just one game, so our goal is the semifinal.”
The subsequent rounds will be one-legged affairs at neutral sites in Lisbon, culminating with the final on Aug. 23.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.