Despite winning 2-1 in Turin Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace wasn’t enough to save Juventus at Lyon ‘s hands from a Champions League departure.
Juventus began the match with rumors that defeat would result in the sacking of their manager Maurizio Sarri.
All looked gloomy for Chelsea’s former boss as Memphis Depay missed a penalty in the first half early after Rodrigo Bentancur dropped Houssem Aouar.
This left Juve requiring at least three goals, and they were given optimism just before half-time when the freekick of Miralem Pjanic hit the arm of Memphis and the ref handed a gracious penalty. Leveled Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juve went ahead the night in the second half with a shot from Ronaldo’s left foot, making sure they needed a single goal to take the lead overall.
Sarri brought Paulo Dybala-who only played for more than 10 minutes after a recurrence of his thigh injury — and Aaron Ramsey as they chased the draw. It wasn’t enough-Lyon kept its nerve and this could be Sarri’s goodbye as they advance.
Lyon will face Manchester City, which has played at the Etihad Stadium concurrently.