The bad streak continues for Juventus. Heavily beaten by Villarreal in their lair (0-3) on Wednesday evening, the Bianconeri will not see the quarter-finals for the third year in a row. Like Benfica on Tuesday evening, the Yellow Submarine showed formidable efficiency by scoring on its only three shots on target, including two penalties. Unai Emery’s picks on the hour mark were successful. Gerard Moreno, Pau Torres and Arnaut Danjuma are the scorers of the game.
The Old Lady sank in the last quarter of an hour. Massimiliano Allegri’s players, conquerors in the first act, eased off on returning from the locker room and suffered the realism of the Spaniards. The equation is simple for Villarreal: three shots on target, three goals. The transalpine defense went astray by conceding two penalties. The first, caused by Daniele Rugani after a foul on Francis Coquelin, was transformed by Gerard Moreno, who had barely entered the game like the Frenchman (1-0, 78th). The second was awarded in added time for a handball by Matthijs de Ligt. Arnaut Danjumat was responsible for increasing the score by taking Wojciech Szczęsny on the wrong foot (3-0, 90th + 2). The Juventus Stadium was silent after the Villarreal break goal signed Pau Torres (2-0, 85th), it emptied before the final whistle.
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The fall is terrible for the double European champion, deprived of Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini. The Bianconeri dominated the first 45 minutes, but came up against Geronimo Rulli, a very inspired goalkeeper. The Argentinian kept his team afloat by repelling the header from Alvaro Morata (11th) then two attempts from Dusan Vlahovic (18th, 35th). He was saved by his cross on a magnificent inspiration from the Serbian striker (20th). Juventus did not know it yet, but the train had just passed. On returning from the locker room, the pace clearly fell and, like Ajax the day before, the Italians were surprised in the last moments of the game. Unai Emery’s winning coaching precipitated the fall of the Transalpins, eliminated for the third consecutive year in the knockout stages of the Champions League. The yellow submarine, for his part, qualifies for the quarters, a stage he has not known since the 2008/09 season.
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