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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid, Juventus Crash Out Of Round Of 16

Two European club giants, Real Madrid and Juventus, on Friday crashed out of the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City finished off the job they started back in February by defeating Real Madrid 2-1 at the Ethiad Stadium, winning the round of 16 tie 4-2 on aggregate.

France World Cup-winning defender, Raphael Varane, made errors which led to City forwards, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, scoring in the ninth and 68th minute respectively.

Varane was unable to cope with the pressing of the City forwards throughout the game.

Karim Benzema scored a towering header before half-time to level the second leg at 1-1 but it was enough for Madrid, which missed the leadership and nous of central defender Sergio Ramos, who was suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

Elsewhere in Turin, Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace was not enough for Juventus as they were knocked out by Lyon on the away goal rule, with the aggregate score at 2-2.

Leading 1-0 from February’s first leg, the French side were handed an early penalty, which Memphis Depay converted in style.

That left Juve needing to score three times to progress and Ronaldo got one back from the penalty spot in the 43rd minute.

The Portuguese forward scored again in the 60th minute to register his 130th Champions League goal, but Lyon held on.

City will now face Lyon next Saturday in the quarter-final in a one-game knockout format in Lisbon, after the competition’s format was revised due to the impact that the suspension of football for three months due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

 

 

 

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