What happened to Juventus tonight, usually has been happening to their opponents throughout these years. Scoring in the last minute, out of nowhere is an Italian brand, but this evening French team managed to do it.
Juve had many chances, while they were leading, some of them mustn’t have been missed, it is dangerous for final result as we saw in this case.
The beginning of the game was quiet, both teams examined the other, and didn’t want to strike first.
Rybus, in the 9th minute, warmed up Buffon’s hands, but
It was Mario Mandzukic who tried to do something in the 12th minute when he unleashed a good strike from the edge of the box, but Antonio Lopes saves this shot with a superb effort, denying the ball to go to the left bottom corner of his goal.
And in the next attack penalty for Juventus. Higuain took the ball, went down the left flank. He then pushed the ball into open space on the right side of the box, Sturaro reach for it, and Diakhaby touched him a little bit from behind, and Italian immediately feel down as he had been
hit by a car. Bjorn Kuipers shows the penalty spot.
Higuain very calmly takes the penalty, goalkeeper to one side, ball to the other, and the home team is leading.
Juventus then tried to slow the tempo and game pace, and they pretty much managed to do it.
In the 25th minute after Evra’s center shot from the left, ball heads off from rebounds in the box, Marchisio strikes it with fury from some 18 meters ,from the middle of the edge of the box. It grazes the left post. It would have been a nice goal.
Then in the 39th minute, Mandzukic, steals the ball, again down the left flank, runs toward the box, and two defenders came on to him. He then passes cross low ball to the Higuain, who was alone, and we mean alone around penalty kick spot, and when the whole stadium expected to be a routine job for striker like him, he shoots high above the goal !!!
Unbelievable miss from the Argentinian.
Just before the half time, Ghezzal receives the ball and heads toward the middle of the box, he suddenly fires a mid-range shot, and aims toward a low right corner of Buffon’s goal, but misses it by a few inches.
After the first half, Juventus was leading, but Lyon had been showing signs of life.
Second half, unlike the first one, immediately started with chances. Mandzukic at 52nd minute, after long cross ball towards Pjanic in the box, Bosnian playmaker heads it back toward Mandzukic who fires it instantly, but the ball goes wide of the right post.
Then comes a part of the game where both teams were concentrated on the midfield of the pitch, where numerous duels and fouls have been occurring.
Only just Maxell Cornet managed in the 76th minute to take a shot at Juventus goal, but he was blocked and Lyon won a corner. From this point on it was clear that Lyon is taking over control of the game.
They started pressuring the defense of the home team, and that finally paid off in the 86th minute. Ghezzal took a free kick from some 35 meters on the right side, high ball, in the goalkeeper area, and Corentin Tolisso runs into empty space, before all defenders, avoiding the offside trap, heads the ball into the net beside helpless Gigi Buffon. Shock in Turin ! The whole stadium was quiet, only French fans made the loud noise, and they should, because this point is enormously big for them.
Lyon then formed a defensive block in front of their goal, and there just wasn’t a chance for Juventus in such a short period of time to do anything.
The game ended, Higuain had his head in his arms, because he realized that maybe his colossal miss has determined the game.
Juve is second in group H, behind Sevilla two points, and with a trip to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. If they want to be group winners they have to win, which is we have to admit, difficult task.
Lyon has, on the other hand, secured third place. They can qualify for next phase of Champions League is results of other games get on their hand. But they will have to win both of their games. Dinamo is not a problem, but Sevilla is coming to their ground and that will be a crucial game.
Today’s man of the match is Mario Mandzukic. He was outstanding in his effort to score or to help his teammates. The Croatian striker moved all around the opponents field, he constantly pressured back line, which concluded with several lost balls from Lyon defenders. He had some shots, didn’t succeed to score, but his effort was huge.
We have seen typical Juventus game, where Juventus haven’t manage to preserve his lead, instead, Lyon was the one who was back from the dead and live to fight some more battles and try to pass this stage.