Europa League Live: Juventus (1) vs Lyon (0)

22:00: Round Up: Les Gones did themselves proud today against a very strong Juventus side. Ultimately, Juventus were the better side over the two legs, but Lyon really troubled the Italian giants for large parts of the tie, especially in today’s second leg. Anyhow, after yet another European Live Commentary, it is time for me to say goodbye. Until next time, Au Revoir!

21:55: FULL TIME: Juventus 2-1 Lyon (3-1 Aggregate)

21:52: Approaching full time now. Lyon have given it absolutely everything, but a combination of bad luck and Juventus’ quality has outdone them over two legs. Les Gones have, though, been very impressive today.

21:48: Lyon don’t really seem to realise that Gomis is now playing up front. They need to start hitting him with long balls, but instead they continue to just pass it sideways, and their attacks are getting nowhere. Juventus on the edge.

21:45: Lyon are desperately trying to muster up one final effort, but they look like they are just too tired to work up a head of steam. All the pressing they had to go in the early part of the game means they are all very tired at the moment.

21:42: Close: Juve almost get a third, as Caceres strikes towards goal with Lopes never getting to it, but it hits one of his own players, who is standing in an offside position, and Lyon just about survive.

21:39: Close: Gomis picks up the ball just outside the penalty area, and decides to have a pop at Buffon’s goal. However, the shot is straight at the Juventus goalkeeper, who makes a relatively comfortable save. Lyon need one goal really soon to have any chance.

21:37: Substitution: Now Juventus make a change. Vidal, who looks like he has picked up a little niggle in midfield, is replaced by none other than Frenchman Paul Pogba. Brilliant quality on the bench for Juventus. 

21:34: Substitution: Double like-for-like swap here. Lyon bring on Gomis and N’Jie in place of Lacazette and Briand in the hope of salvaging something from this game.

21:31: GOAL: Juventus 2-1 Lyon (Umtiti O.G). Horrible luck for Les Gones, who looked like they could have sprung a surprise. Juve hit them on the break, and a Marchisio shot, that was heading harmlessly wide, deflects off Umtiti, and wrong foots Anthony Lopes, dribbling into the bottom right corner. Desperate for Lyon.

21:28: Lacazette goes down under a heavy challenge just outside the box, and this is a brilliant chance for Lyon to score a goal… Ohhh, Mvuemba’s powerful shot is saved by Buffon.

21:24: Disallowed Goal: Tevez plants a stunning header past Lopes from 10 yards or so, and he thinks he has broken his European drought, but it is correctly chalked off for offside. Great decision from the linesman, and Lyon survive again.

21:22: Substitution: Vucinic, who has been extremely ineffective today, is taken off in place of Llorente. Same sort of striker there for Lyon to deal with, should not be too much of an issue for Lyon.

21:20: Oh dear: Lacazette turns very well inside the Juve half and runs towards goal, but his shot from outside the box is poor to say the least, eventually going out for a throw in!

21:18: Close: A long ball is played over the top for Vidal, who has found his way past the Lyon back four, but Lopes is out off his line in a flash and pounces on the ball to take it away from Vidal. Good goalkeeping there.

21:16: Close: Juventus attack Lyon down the right, and Asamoah delivers a brilliant low cross after beating Tolisso, which first just misses Vucinic, and then is agonisingly close to finding Tevez at the back post. In fact, Lopes tipped that away from Tevez, so massive props there to the keeper.

21:13: Remember that Lyon also have Bafetimbi Gomis on the bench ready to come on and make an impact. I reckon if Lyon keep the score as it is until the 75th minute or so, and then apply 15 minutes of solid pressure, they may well come away with a win here. Juventus, though, have started the second half much better that they ended the first.

21:11: Vucinic pinches the ball from Umtiti and suddenly Juventus have a two on one situation, with Tevez and Vucinic against just Kone, but the defender does extremely well to cut out Vucinic’s attempted pass and break up the attack.

21:09: A quick start from Lyon means that Bonucci has to take out Lacazette, and is given a yellow card for his troubles. Les Gones have a real chance to cause an upset here.

21:07: KICK OFF: We are back underway in Turin!

20:58: Round Up: Well, Lyon are well and truly in this tie at the half time mark, which looked so unlikely after Pirlo’s exquisite opener. Les Gones have responded brilliantly, and are level thanks to Briand’s well-placed header. All that means that one more goal from Lyon would see them through on away goals, but Juve are through as we stand. Really nicely poised for the second period.

20:52: HALF TIME: Juventus 1-1 Lyon.

20:48: Having said that, Juventus have regrouped in the last few minutes and are now coming at Lyon. Their latest attack breaks down though when Umtiti cuts out an attempted through ball from Vucinic. Lyon playing very well at the moment.

20:45: Juventus are starting to get a little frustrated here. Vucinic in particular is shouting at his team mates whenever they make a mistake. It looks like the giants from Turin really need half time to regroup here.

20:43: Lyon are actually seeing more of the ball at the moment than Juventus are, something which I though I would never say before the game. Credit to Remi Garde, who has set up his team very well to counter Juventus’ style.

20:40: Tolisso has had a very good game so far. Most of Lyon’s play has come from the right hand side, with the right-back influential in Lyon’s attacks, especially with crosses from the wing. Probably Lyon’s best player so far.

20:37: Close: Lyon almost go ahead! Mvuemba cleverly leaves a cross for his captain Gonalons, who hits a powerful strike towards Buffon’s goal, but the Italian is equal to it and punches the ball clear. Lyon really pressing now.

20:34: The game has become a little scrappy now after that Lyon equaliser. Les Gones look full of confidence, and are really pressing Juve well in midfield. The Italians look rather rattled now.

20:30: A little more controversy here to add to the drama. Tevez plays a quick one-two with Vucinic, and it looks like Bedimo pulls Tevez dow, but the referee is unmoved and no foul is given. Juve, probably rightly, unhappy, but it looks like Bedimo actually came off worse in that tangle.

20:27: That is a massive goal in this tie. Now, Lyon can revert to their initial game plan and allow Juventus to come at them, and look to hit them on the counter. Remember, a 2-1 victory here sends Lyon through on away goals!

20:23: GOAL: Juventus 1-1 Lyon (Briand). Wow! Lyon are back in it! A short corner is taken, and the delivery is swung in with little pace, but Briand does exceptionally well to rise at the back post and head past a helpless Buffon! Brilliant from Briand, and Lyon are alive and kicking!

20:20: Penalty Appeal: Oooh, this is close. Malbranque strikes a shot right into Bonucci, and it clearly hits his hand, but the referee is unmoved. To be fair, his view was blocked, but one of the other officials really should have spotted that. Very unlucky for Lyon, who have improved immensely after they conceded early on.

20:18: Dangerous moment again from Juventus, as a ball is played into Tevez in the box, whose snapshot is well blocked by Umtiti. Looked like a dangerous shot until it was blocked, and that is better defending from Les Gones.

20:16: Lyon win the ball back and eventually win a corner… good chance here from a set piece… but it is played short, and the eventual delivery is a poor one which fails to clear the first man. Lyon really need better quality from set pieces, they may be their only chances to score.

20:13: I honestly don’t think Lyon have touched the ball yet, aside from Lopes picking the ball out of the net… Juventus are absolutely killing Les Gones at the moment, and are pushing for the second to really kill off this tie for good.

20:10: GOAL: Juventus 1-0 Lyon (Pirlo). What a goal! Tevez wins a free kick, and Pirlo stands menacingly behind it. The bearded genius steps up, and curls a delicious effort into the bottom left corner! Nothing Lopes could have done about that, just sheer class from Pirlo. Lyon with a mountain to climb.

20:08: Close: Tevez cuts inside from the left and unleashes a shot, which flies narrowly over the bar with Lopes struggling to get there! Warning sign for Lyon.

20:05: KICK OFF: We are underway in Turin!

20:00: Final 5: Just 5 minutes to go now until kick off, and the teams are walking out onto the pitch in Turin to a cauldron of noise. Both sets of players look determined to put in a good performance, but can Lyon upset the odds? Let’s find out…

19:54: Talking Tactics: Going into this game, nobody has given Lyon any hope of overcoming the Old Lady and making the semi finals. However, if Lyon can get that all-important first goal, the whole tie is turned upside down. Juventus will come out looking for the winner, and that could play into Lyon’s counter-attacking plans. Having said that, if Juventus score first and take a 2-0 aggregate lead, it will almost ensure the tie is sealed up. The first goal is absolutely crucial today.

19:48: Team reaction (4): Lyon’s defence will have to hold strong against Juve’s attack, but more likely where the game will be won and lost will be in the midfield. In the first leg, Malbranque did a very good job of shackling Andrea Pirlo, and he will have to do an even better job this time to stop the bearded genius from dictating play in Turin. This will be a massive test for a Lyon midfield that are quite unexperienced in terms of big European ties, something which can definitely not be said about Juve’s midfield three!

19:42: Team reaction (3): Lyon: Lyon are completely unchanged from the team that lost the first leg, with Bafetimbi Gomis again left out as the quicker Jimmy Briand is preferred. This decision is relatively understandable, considering Lyon will be playing almost exclusively on the counter attack in this match, and in terms of speed and sharpness Briand gives far more to the team that Gomis. Having said that, it will need very good performances from both Lacazette and Briand to haul Lyon back into this tie.

19:38: Team reaction (2): Juventus: Further up the field, Juventus have Pirlo, Marchisio and Vidal in the centre of midfield, a trio that ooze class and really belong in the Champions League. The top two of Vucinic and Tevez combines height and power with speed and agility, and the combination of the two strikers will be a handful for the Lyon defence to deal with. Having said that, Tevez hasn’t scored a European goal in years, and let’s hope he doesn’t break that drought against Lyon…

19:34: Team reaction (1): Juventus: Juventus make two changes from the team that beat Lyon back in France. Vucinic comes in for Osvaldo, who was ineffective in the first leg, and Arturo Vidal returns from suspension in place of Frenchman Paul Pogba. As in the first leg, the Italian Champions line up with their usual 3-5-2 formation, which Lyon were unable to break down in the first 90 minutes of this tie. The defence of Chiellini, Caceres and Bonucci is rock solid, especially with the brilliant Gianluigi Buffon in goal, and Lyon will have to play extremely well even to get a single goal past that defensive outfit.

19:30: Lyon team vs Juventus: Lopes – Bedimo, Umtiti, Koné, Tolisso – Gonalons, Mvuemba – Ferri, Malbranque – Briand, Lacazette.

19:27: Juventus team vs Lyon: Buffon (C), Chiellini, Caceres, Bonucci, Marchisio, Pirlo, Asamoah, Vidal, Isla, Vucinic, Tévez

19:25: Welcome one and all to a Live Commentary of the second leg of Lyon’s Europa League clash with Juventus! After a disappointing 1-0 defeat at home, Lyon have it all to do in Turin to have any hopes of qualification. They need to beat Juventus at their home ground, something very few teams do, so Les Gones will have to be in inspired form. Let’s get into some team news…

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