Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace, including an unstoppable long-range goal, to give Juventus a 2-1 win over Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Champions League on Friday but it was not enough as the French side reached the quarterfinals on away goals.
After both sides converted contentious penalties in the first half, Ronaldo struck from out of the blue on the hour but Lyon clung on for a 2-2 aggregate draw which sent the side to next week’s final-eight tournament in Lisbon. It will meet Manchester City in a one-legged quarterfinal.
The defeat left Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri in an uncomfortable position as the Champions League title eluded the Turin side for another season.
Although Juventus has won Serie A for nine seasons in a row, it has not been able to get its hands on the Champions League trophy since 1996 when it won it for the second time.
Despite continuing the successful domestic run, Sarri failed to give Juventus the flamboyant touch the club had been looking for as missed out on its main goal – European success.
It was an uphill struggle for Juve from the moment it conceded an away goal in the 12th minute, albeit in controversial circumstances.
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