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Juventus 2-1 Lyon: Record-breaker Ronaldo not enough as hosts exit UCL

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Cristiano Ronaldo may have broke another Juventus record, but dreams of a sixth Champions League title ended on an away goal ruling loss to Lyon.

Juventus headed into the return leg of their last-16 tie in desperate need of a strong result, having lost the opening leg 1-0 in France back in February. However, fate evidently had other ideas.

Maurizio Sarri’s side immediately took control of the ball in Turin with Lyon holding their lines at the back. The visitors’ patience was rewarded early when Rodrigo Bentancur gave away a contentious penalty. Memphis Depay then converted from the spot to hand the visitors the lead.

1-0 down in the game, and crucially 2-0 on aggregate, Juventus had a mountain to climb. Lyon were firmly in control of their destiny and remained composed. The Bianconeri, on the other hand, seemed slow on the ball.

But when there’s a certain Ronaldo in the team, goals are always possible. The Portuguese went out in hot pursuit of an equaliser, trying to make things happen for the team. He came close to scoring a few times; even forcing Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes into a fine save with a free-kick.

Depay then went from hero to zero, though, when referee Felix Zwayer deemed him to have handballed in the area. Therefore, he pointed to the spot for a Juve penalty.

Stepping up for the spot-kick was none other than Ronaldo. He expertly sent Lopes the wrong way to equalise for Juventus, restoring hope of a comeback in the process.

The 35-year-old later made history in Turin by picking the ball up from the edge of the box and blasting it past Lopes’ grasp and into the net on the hour-mark.

That was his 37th goal of the season, meaning he broke Felice Borel’s 86-year record as Juventus’ highest goalscorer across a single campaign from 1933/34. Sadly, though, it wasn’t enough on the night.

Lyon survived a late assault from Juventus, who seemingly had no answer for a third. Ronaldo hit the wall from free-kicks late on, but chances of a hat-trick were limited.

The game ended in a 2-1 victory for Juventus, and the tie 2-2 on aggregate. Depay’s opener, however, was enough for Lyon to progress on the away goal ruling.

Rudi Garcia’s side will now meet Manchester City, who knocked out Real Madrid on the same night, in the quarter-finals.