Champions League: Lyon Send Ronaldo’s Juventus Packing

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace on Friday but that was not enough to get Juventus to the quarter final of the UEFA Champions League, with Lyon edging them on away goal after losing 2-1 in Turin.

Another season will pass without European success for the Bianconeri after their talisman – the competition’s most prolific goalscorer – came up just short in his personal quest following the award of contentious penalties at either end in the second leg.

Having lost March’s first meeting 1-0 in France, Juve could ill afford another setback but conceded after just 12 minutes as Memphis Depay’s spot-kick gave Ronaldo and Co. a mountain to climb.

With the aid of their own generous penalty call, Ronaldo sought to lead the expedition and had the hosts in front on the night when he followed up his strike from 12 yards with a long-range effort in the second half.

Although the Portuguese hit a hat-trick at this stage against Atletico Madrid last season, such a feat proved beyond him this time as Juve paid for Lyon’s bright start.

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