Champions League - Round of 16 - 1st Leg
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Lyon 1-0 Juventus: Lucas Tousart earns the hosts victory

Lucas Tousart
Lucas Tousart scored the winner in the first half at Groupama Stadium

Lyon produced a spirited display to take a surprise lead after the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Juventus.

Lucas Tousart scored the only goal in the first half as the hosts claimed their first victory over the Italian giants.

Juve started confidently but failed to create any clear chances before Tousart converted Houssem Aouar's cross from close range to hand the Ligue 1 side the lead.

The visitors continued to have more possession but they struggled to penetrate the resolute Lyon defence, failing to register a single shot on target.

With the clock ticking down, Juve ramped up the pressure, but Paulo Dybala's late strike was ruled out for offside.

The second leg will take place at Allianz Stadium on 17 March (20:00 GMT).

Juventus come unstuck in pursuit of big prize

Juventus have won the last eight Serie A titles, and they were one of the pre-tournament favourites to win the biggest prize in European club football, but they will have to come from behind to progress in this season's competition.

The visitors had over 60% possession but they were sluggish going forward, as an attack including Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala and Juan Cuadrado failed to test Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Ronaldo carried their greatest threat and two of his lofted crosses caused brief moments of panic in the Lyon ranks, but he too was below par as he fired wide on four occasions from good positions.

There were also problems at the back, despite stellar summer signing Matthijs de Ligt returning to the defence, as Lyon enjoyed success from out wide.

Karl Toko Ekambi fired a warning shot when he drifted to the near post to head a corner against the crossbar, before the impressive Aouar picked out Tousart to hit the winner with a well-weighted square pass.

The goal came while De Ligt was off the field receiving attention for a cut on the head, but Juve continued to struggle at set pieces as they continue to adapt to their new zonal marking system, something experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci has said is "complicated".

Juventus have made it past the Champions League last 16 in four of the past five seasons, but they have not won the title since 1996 and manager Maurizo Sarri has previously said he "feels the weight of responsibility much more in Italy".

Sarri's side will have home advantage in the second leg but an away goal for Lyon would intensify that pressure on the former Chelsea boss and his superstars.

The 'plan' paid off

Lyon manager Rudi Garcia tempted fate before the game, saying his side did not have an "anti-Ronaldo plan" - and judging by his performance, Garcia was perhaps vindicated in his decision not to pay special attention to the Portuguese forward.

Instead, they defended as a unit as they kept out one of the most feared attacks in Europe by remaining in their shape and making very few individual errors.

As Juve poured forward in search of the equaliser late on, centre-back Jason Denayer was equal to the challenge, as he first outmuscled Ronaldo to force him to mis-control the ball in the box, before stepping up just in time to play Dybala offside.

At the other end, Lyon were without captain and talisman Memphis Depay after the forward ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) before the end of last year, but Aouar pulled the strings from midfield.

The number eight was the only change from the league victory over Metz but his balance and poise on the ball led to several chances, including the crucial assist for Tousart's winner.

Lyon have not progressed beyond the Champions League last 16 since 2010, but Garcia's pre-match plea of wanting "to upset the odds" is in touching distance.

Man of the match - Houssem Aouar (Lyon)

Houssem Aouar
Houssem Aouar made three key passes, more than any other Lyon player

'It is not enough to play one half' - what they said

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri said: "In the first half the ball was circulating too slowly. The second half was much better but in the Champions League it's not enough to play one half.

"I don't know why I didn't manage to let my players understand that the ball must circulate much quicker. It all starts from there. Yesterday in training it was circulating much better."

Lyon manager Rudi Garcia: "It was a game of two halves. The first half was very beautiful. Not only did we defend very well, we respected the gameplan to the letter. In the second half we didn't exist with the ball and suffered.

"They brought on the fourth attacker and then we had to roll our sleeves up and all defend together. We didn't concede and that's very important when you play the first leg at home. My only regret is that we didn't get a second when we were on top in the first half."

Fortress Lyon - the stats

  • Lyon have beaten Juventus in European competition for the very first time, losing three of their previous four encounters (D1).
  • Lyon have won their first Champions League knockout game since February 2012 (1-0 v Apoel Nicosia).
  • Lyon are unbeaten at home in the Champions League in nine consecutive games (W2 D7), their longest run since December 2006 (18 games - W12 D6).
  • Juventus have lost against French opposition in the Champions League for the first time since November 2009 - 2-0 against Bordeaux in the group stage.
  • Juventus have progressed from five of their 11 Champions League knockout ties when losing the first leg, including the most recent one against Atletico Madrid in the last 16 last season.
  • Juventus have failed to have a shot on target in a Champions League match for the first time since October 2014 - against Atletico.
  • Juventus have conceded in seven consecutive away games in all competitions, their longest such run without a clean sheet in a single season since May 2010 (18 games).
  • Houssem Aouar has been directly involved in four goals in his five appearances for Lyon in the Champions League this season (one goal, four assists).

Line-ups

Lyon

  • 1Lopes
  • 5Denayer
  • 6Guedes FilhoBooked at 28mins
  • 20Marçal de Oliveira
  • 14DuboisSubstituted forTeteat 78'minutes
  • 29Tousart
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura
  • 27CornetBooked at 61minsSubstituted forAndersenat 81'minutes
  • 21Toko EkambiSubstituted forTerrierat 66'minutes
  • 9Dembele
  • 8Aouar

Substitutes

  • 3Andersen
  • 7Terrier
  • 10Traoré
  • 12Mendes Ribeiro
  • 23Tete
  • 25Caqueret
  • 30Tatarusanu

Juventus

  • 1Szczesny
  • 13Danilo
  • 4de Ligt
  • 19Bonucci
  • 12Lobo Silva
  • 30Bentancur
  • 5PjanicSubstituted forRamseyat 62'minutes
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forBernardeschiat 78'minutes
  • 16Ju CuadradoSubstituted forHiguaínat 70'minutes
  • 10Dybala
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2De Sciglio
  • 8Ramsey
  • 14Matuidi
  • 21Higuaín
  • 24Rugani
  • 33Bernardeschi
  • 77Buffon
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
57,335

Match Stats

Home TeamLyonAway TeamJuventus
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home17
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Lyon 1, Juventus 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Lyon 1, Juventus 0.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marçal (Lyon).

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Sandro with a cross.

Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Lyon).

Foul by Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus).

Kenny Tete (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Juventus. Rodrigo Bentancur tries a through ball, but Paulo Dybala is caught offside.

Alex Sandro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moussa Dembele (Lyon).

Offside, Juventus. Leonardo Bonucci tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

Attempt missed. Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danilo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Joachim Andersen replaces Maxwel Cornet because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Bruno Guimarães.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Federico Bernardeschi replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Kenny Tete replaces Léo Dubois.

Alex Sandro (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Terrier (Lyon).

Attempt missed. Danilo (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Juventus).

Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus).

Moussa Dembele (Lyon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Danilo (Juventus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxwel Cornet (Lyon).

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Gonzalo Higuaín replaces Juan Cuadrado.

Attempt missed. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alex Sandro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Lyon. Martin Terrier replaces Karl Toko Ekambi.

Attempt blocked. Alex Sandro (Juventus) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Bentancur.

Offside, Lyon. Jason Denayer tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Ramsey (Juventus) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paulo Dybala.

Corner, Juventus. Conceded by Lucas Tousart.

Substitution

Substitution, Juventus. Aaron Ramsey replaces Miralem Pjanic.

Booking

Maxwel Cornet (Lyon) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

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1PSG65101721516
2Real Madrid6321148611
3Club Bruges6033412-83
4Galatasaray6024114-132

B

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1Bayern Munich66002451918
2Tottenham63121814410
3Olympiakos6114814-64
4Red Star Belgrade6105320-173

C

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1Man City64201641214
2Atalanta6213812-47
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132813-56
4Dinamo Zagreb61231013-35

D

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1Juventus6510124816
2Atl Madrid631285310
3B Leverkusen620459-46
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105411-73

E

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1Liverpool6411138513
2Napoli6330114712
3RB Salzburg6213161337
4KRC Genk6015520-151

F

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1Barcelona642094514
2B Dortmund631288010
3Inter Milan621310917
4Slavia Prague6024410-62

G

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1RB Leipzig6321108211
2Lyon62229818
3Benfica62131011-17
4Zenit St Petersburg621379-27

H

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1Valencia632197211
2Chelsea6321119211
3Ajax6312126610
4Lille6015414-101
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