Juventus were eliminated by Lyon on away goals after a 2-1 win for the Italians on home soil levelled the tie at 2-2 on aggregate. Ronaldo got both goals for Juve, but the Portugal captain is out of the tournament before the quarter-finals for the first time in ten years. The Italians went into the match having clinched a ninth successive Italian league title.
Losing three of their final four league games and elimination from the Champions League spelt the end of the road for manager Maurizio Sarri who has been replaced by former Juventus favourite and Italian international Andrea Pirlo.
Lyon, with a one goal lead from the first-leg, doubled their advantage after just twelve minutes when Filippo Bernadeschi tripped Houssem Aouar.
Memphis Depay duly despatched the resulting penalty and Juventus now needed to score three.
35 year-old Ronaldo might have done better with a headed chance midway through the first-half. He was then denied by fellow countryman
Anthony Lopes in the Lyon goal before finally getting on the scoresheet from the penalty spot to level the game at 1-1. After the break, Juve needed two goals but could only find their way past Lopes on one further occasion and it took something spectacular from Ronaldo.
Receiving the ball twenty-five metres from goal, the irrepressible maestro opened up space for a left-footed shot and unleashed a thunderbolt which flew past Lopes. Ronaldo’s brilliant footwork then created a great opportunity for Gonzalo Higuain, on-loan at Chelsea last season, but the Agentinian’s header was off target.
Juventus were left to rue giving themselves too big a mountain to climb in conceding the first two goals of the tie.
The Serie A champions’ long wait for a third Champions League trophy continues, they last lifted Europe’s premier club competition twenty-four years ago in their 1996 triumph over Ajax. Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals against Lyon took his total to 131 in Champion’s League games, sixteen ahead of his arch-rival Lionel Messi.
Lyon’s opponents in the quarter-finals at the José Alvalade Stadium (home of Sporting) on Saturday will be Manchester City, who beat Real Madrid 2-1 in both legs to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory.
The return meeting in Manchester saw Portuguese international João Cancelo play at left-back, while Bernardo Silva was introduced midway through the second-half as a highly effective retainer of possession. Tonight (Friday) Barcelona will meet Bayern Munich at Benfica’s Estádio da Luz.