Tousart’s strike gives Lyon hard-fought 1-0 win
LYON, France (AP):
A rare goal from combative midfielder Lucas Tousart gave hard-working Lyon a 1-0 home win against Juventus in the first leg of their round-of-16 game in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Tousart, who was sold to German side Hertha Berlin last month but loaned back for the rest of the season, netted in the 31st minute with a neat volley from a cross by midfielder Houssem Aouar.
"We heard before the game we weren't favourites, and rightly so. But we played very well," Aouar said. "We're going over there (for the return leg) with a lot of confidence."
Italian champions Juventus are bidding to end a 24-year-wait to win the Champions League, but woke up too late in this match.
"We were second to every ball in the first half, I don't know why. Something went wrong with our approach, I could sense from before kickoff something had not switched on," Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci said. "We were all far from each other in the first half, making everything easy for Lyon. We need to work hard ahead of the return leg because we cannot afford another game like this in Turin."
Still, Juventus nearly came away from Groupama Stadium with a draw.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo threw his arms up in the air after the referee ruled against his late claim for a penalty, following an apparent push from behind by Lyon defender Jason Denayer.
Then, forward Paulo Dybala had a goal ruled out for offside in the 87th. A minute later, he also had a penalty shout turned down even though he seemed to be pulled back by a Lyon defender.
Juve coach Maurizio Sarri was incensed by both penalty decisions, leaping up and down on the touchline. Ronaldo then waved away a fan who ran on to the field in the fifth minute of injury time, apparently trying to take a photograph with him.