Juventus vs. Lyon score: Live UEFA Champions League updates as Ronaldo, Juve are eliminated

Juventus' Champions League hopes came crashing down on Friday after falling to Lyon, with the French side winning the tie on away goals. Dubious penalties gave both sides a mark on the score sheet, with Memphis Depay scoring for Lyon and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring for Juve. Ronaldo even briefly looked like his Champions League heroics would save his current club from elimination with a brilliant goal outside of the box.

But the fact that Lyon's penalty came in an away stadium meant that Juve needed one more goal to secure their place in the quarterfinals. Unfortunately, that goal never came and the 2-2 aggregate tie meant a win for a French team that won't even compete in Champions League next season with how they did in Ligue 1.


Sarri's time is probably up in Turin

Maurizio Sarri was brought in as Juventus manager for one thing and one thing only: success in Europe. He was given the resources and the talent to do just that but he was unable to coalesce the team in a way to yield any sort of continental victories. Sure, he helped Juve win their ninth consecutive Serie A title, but domestic ambitions aren't enough for La Vecchia Signora. As Jamie Carragher noted in the postgame show: for a club that's considered one of the best in Italian football history, there's almost no similar praise for them on a European level -- the way praise is given to clubs like A.C. Milan. It might be a little unfair to expect one man to be in charge of a perception turnaround like that, but Sarri had one job, and he was unable to do it. It will be a major surprise if he still has a surprise come tomorrow.

Ronaldo nearly sparks a comeback

The Portuguese superstar is starting to become an ageless wonder. At 35, it's incredible that he's still a threat to take a game over on his own at such a high level of competition. Even after an early penalty that came on a less-than-stellar call (more on that later) he was able to not let the pressure of the moment get to him when he lined up to shoot from the spot. That combined with his incredible curling shot from outside the box in the second half of the match made it really seem like he was ready to drag Juventus kicking and screaming into the quarterfinals. But where he showed quite tired legs towards the end of the match and was unable to keep the pressure up on his opponent in the way he probably could have maybe five years ago. It sure would have been nice for any of his teammates to step up so they're not relying a man on the tail end of his prime to do all the work for them, but that help never came. Ronaldo can only be expected to do so much at this point in his career.

The controversial calls outshined the players

To be fair to the referee of this match, he was consistently in giving soft fouls on both sides of the ball. But where that style of officiating really reared its ugly head was with two controversial penalties for each side. First was when Juve's Rodrigo Bentancur tackled Houssem Aouar inside the box early in the match. The Juventus player got the ball, and got to his spot, before the Lyon player did, but Betancur's follow through brought down his opponent. It's a penalty that really shouldn't have been called given the circumstances, but it was anyway. Somehow, the referee decided to make an even worse call on the other side. A free kick by Miralem Pjanic went right into the midsection of Memphis Depay, but because his arm happened to be tucked into that very midsection, the referee determined it was a handball inside of the box. If that's a handball by definition, then the rules need to be revised.

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Lyon 1, Juventus 2 (FINAL)

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August 7, 2020, 9:19 PM

FINAL Lyon 1, Juventus 2 (2-2 agg.)

The French side hold on thanks to the single away goal given on a dubious penalty. But it's not like Juventus didn't have their opportunities or their own dubious calls go their way. 

90+3' The wall does its job. Ronaldo takes the free kick to go for the hat trick, but the ball smacks right into the wall and heads harmlessly out of bounds.

90+1' Dangerous free kick as Marcelo fouls Higuiain just outside of the box. Could this be the opportunity Juve need to take a late lead?

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August 7, 2020, 8:51 PM

89' Fernande Marcal given a yellow card for bringing down Danilo who was streaking down on the counter. Juve now have the ball in the final third and are threatening.

88' It's also worth noting that Dybala has been taking out of the game for Juve with a thigh injury.

87' Caqueret given a yellow card for throwing his arm across the face of Rabiot. Didn't look like there was much there, but the official felt there was enough physicality to warrant a foul.

82' Juve manager Maurizio Sarri given a yellow card for dissenting from the bench.

78' And we've got some mayhem happening right now in the Juventus box. Calls for a handball, calls for a penalty, calls for everything on both sides. One VAR check later and it was all for nothing as the ref moves on with the game and gives Lyon a corner. He also gives Cornet a yellow card for dissent.

77' Lopes given a yellow card for time-wasting it seems.

76' Another miss in the air for Juve! Dybala sends a beautiful cross to the center of the penalty box off a corner, but Ronaldo is unable to get high enough to smack the ball on target. The shot instead sails over the bar.

70' Danilo comes in for Cuadrado and Dybala comes in for Bernardeschi. Brief water break.

69' Big chance for Juventus there. Ronaldo hits a beautiful cross into the middle for Higuain, who heads the ball well over the bar.

67' Lyon subs: Moussa Dembele comes in for Memphis Depay and Jeff Reine-Adelaide comes in for Toko Ekambi.

66' It's been all Juventus since the latest Ronaldo goal as dangerous ball after dangerous ball have made their way into the box. But recent Lyon substitute Andersen has been impeccably defending all of those dangerous bits of offense.

63' Good cross to the box from a corner kick but Leonardo Bonucci heads his shot wide of goal despite having a free header. Seemed like his teammate De Ligt put him off a little bit

61' Jason Denayer comes out for Joachim Andersen for Lyon

GOAL! Juventus 2, Lyon 1 (2-2 agg.)

61' Holy Ronaldo, Batman! The Portuguese star gets the ball from outside the box, makes a small cut inside and just blasts it past Lopes to swing the pendulum the way of Juve.

57' Aouar takes a wildly powerful shot from well outside the box that sails right over Szczesny's head and the bar.

46' And we're back for the second half!

HALF Lyon 1, Juventus 1 (2-1 agg.)

Two less-than-stellar penalty calls are what got each team on the board. Juventus are still chasing their French opponents, as they need two more goals to take the lead on aggregate.

45' Four minutes of injury time added.

44' Betancur with a silly challenge outside of the box. He is given a yellow card and even gets into it with Toko Ekambi, who he fouled, afterwards. The ensuing Lyon free kick gets into the box, but play is called off when Bonnuci was fouled in the air.

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