Cristiano Ronaldo’s support was insufficient to fire Juventus into the Champions League quarterfinals as European football’s most prestigious cup competition returned in style on Friday.
The Serie A champion confronted a tough errand from the very beginning with its adversaries Lyon winning the first-leg 1-0 and, in spite of winning 2-1 on the night, Juventus lost on away goals.
The night didn’t actually start as made arrangements for the hosts as Memphis Depay dispatched an early spot-kick yet Ronaldo wasn’t to surrender without a battle.
The 35-year-old forward scored his very own penalty in the first half before doubling his lead with a superbly created shot based on what should be his more vulnerable left foot.
With the tie wavering on the edge, the hosts pushed for the extremely significant third goal however its French guests stood firm to deny Ronaldo one more magical moment in the Champions League.
In truth, Ronaldo’s partners complimented to deceive with the group expected to breeze past a side battling domestically.
Lyon currently advances to confront Manchester City in the following round after the Premier League runners-up brushed aside Real Madrid in Friday’s other game.
“We knew we needed courage, talent and a little bit of fortune,” Lyon coach Rudi Garcia said after the match. “We played a very good first leg as well but, with Cristiano Ronaldo, we knew we could have been knocked out at any moment.”