Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace can’t save Juventus in the Champions League

The Serie A champion faced a difficult task from the start with their Lyon opponents winning the first leg 1-0 and, despite their 2-1 win on the night, Juventus lost on away goals.

The night didn’t start exactly as planned for the hosts as Memphis Depay kicked off early, but Ronaldo was not expected to give up without a fight.

The 35-year-old striker scored his own first-half penalty before doubling his lead with a wonderfully crafted shot from what is said to be his weaker left foot.

As the tie faltered, the hosts pushed for the all-important third goal, but his French visitors held on to deny Ronaldo another magical Champions League moment.

In truth, Ronaldo’s teammates have flattered themselves to cheat, with the team expecting to pass a struggling team at the national level.

Lyon are now advancing to face Manchester City in the next round after the Premier League finalist sidelined Real Madrid in Friday’s other game.

“We knew we needed courage, talent and a little bit of fortune,” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said after the match. “We also played a very good first leg, but with Cristiano Ronaldo we knew we could have been knocked out at any time.”

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace but Juventus failed to impress against Lyon.
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The city beats Madrid

It had been 163 days since Manchester City beat Madrid 2-1 in their first leg and Los Blancos needed a perfect night at Eithad Stadium to reverse the deficit.

However, the Spanish champion was without talismanic defender Sergio Ramos and it showed.

Defensive errors appeared to be the order of the day for Zinedine Zidane’s side, with Raphael Varane committing two critical errors on either side of the half.

Raheem Sterling capitalized in the first 10 minutes after Gabriel Jesus debauched the ball from the center-back before the Brazilian took full advantage of Varane’s weak header in the second half to secure the victory.

Karim Benzema initially equalized the score the day before halftime, but even the prolific Frenchman couldn’t save Real Madrid from himself as City won 4-2 on aggregate.

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No ball

Madrid were also without striker Gareth Bale who according to Zidane chose not to be involved in the squad for the draw.

It’s yet another controversial chapter in Bale’s curious tenure at the Spanish giants with his relationship with the first team seemingly over.

The Welshman was criticized last month for his antics on the substitutes bench, where he made a selfless figure.

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He first pretended to fall asleep on the sidelines before making a binocular gesture with a roll of medical tape a week later.

His omission from the team likely indicates where Zidane sees Bale in his future plans.

Return of the Champions League

The iconic Champions League theme has been ringing around a football stadium for almost five months and on Saturday will see four more teams try to reach the quarter-finals stage.

Barcelona resume their campaign against Napoli with the scores tied 1-1 in the first leg, while Bayern Munich take a 3-0 advantage in their second leg against Chelesa.

RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, Atalanta and Paris St-Germain are all already in the quarter-finals.


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