(Juventus-Lyon 2-1) There was a cold Hegerberg (26) who never took to the pitch when Lyon stumbled away to Juventus in the Champions League.
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The 26-year-old, who is slated for a national team comeback for Norway, is in the squad, but according to L´Equipe, a cold must be the reason why Lyon didn’t take the opportunity to use Hegerberg.
Lyon could need top scorer with 56 goals in 56 Champions League games tonight. The French champions created a lot, but Juventus’ efficiency in front of goal was mediocre in the first quarter-final.
It started really well when Catarina Macario sent Lyon the lead with a header after seven minutes. The remainder of the first half was largely a one-way drive towards Juventus’ goal, but without Lyon having managed their finish.
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Conditions change after more than an hour of playing. Then Ellie Carpenter screwed it up herself. As a defender, the Lyon player lost control of the ball. Lisa Boattin intercepted the ball and was stopped. The referee took a red card in his pocket and the VAR jury agreed with the decision.
With one more player, Juventus immediately attacked, and Valentina Cernoia fired a shot that hit the crossbar. In the 70th minute, VAR had to leave the pitch with a knee injury, and Sarah Bouhaddi came in. Cristina Girelli sealed the equaliser, and the goal remained.
Then asked if the VAR referee checked if the ball went out for post came. From replays, it looks like Lyon should have taken a throw-in – instead they conceded a goal.
By that time, Juventus had earned the trust. Manager Joe Montemurro made several substitutions and hit really well in the last minute when he released Agnese Bonfantini in the 81st minute.
One minute later, the substitute scored after receiving feedback from another substitute, Arianna Caruso.
As such, it’s a night for the history books for Juventus in their first ever Champions League quarter-final.
– It’s really amazing, I’m floating on the clouds. We have prepared well this week and won. “Now we will give everything in France too, because the goal is to reach the semi-finals,” Agnese Bonfantini, who was named a match player, told UEFA.com.
Lyon, who lost just two of their last 40 Champions League games before traveling to Turin, must now win at home in France next Thursday.
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