Olympique Lyon sent Juventus crashing out of the UEFA Champions League, despite suffering a 2-1 defeat in Turin on Friday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Juan Cuadrado, Matthias de Ligt, Alex Sandro, Rodrigo Bentancur and Miralem Pjanic returned from their loss to AS Roma, while Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi was Lyon’s only change.
Wojciech Szczesny got to work very early after getting down to parry Houssem Aouar’s effort from outside the area following the first nine minutes of the match.
Lyon, however, stretched their overall advantage in the tie three minutes later when Memphis Depay converted from the penalty spot after Aouar went down under Bentancur’s challenge.
It now became a tall order for the Italian champions, who looked to hit back from Federico Bernardeschi’s attempt later on but strong defending from Marcelo deemed otherwise.
Ronaldo got a first sight of goal after sending a curling free-kick over the wall, at Anthony Lopes’ goal who dived across to palm away five minutes to halftime.
The Portuguese superstar did amend though when he sent Lopes the wrong way from the penalty spot just before the break after Depay was flagged for handling Pjanic’s shot.
A slow start into the second half from either end brought little joy in front of goal, despite attempts from Pjanic followed by Dutchman Depay.
Juventus went ahead for the first time in the match after Ronaldo managed to get on the ball on the edge of area before curling home a superb effort amidst the efforts of Lopes on 60 minutes.
Maurizio Sarri turned to the bench afterwards and introduced former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey who replaced Pjanic in the middle of the park.
Lyon gave a few glimpses of going back ahead towards the final stages, but the Bianconeri mirrored every move to see out the win despite failing to ensure a quarter-final berth in the end.