Cuadrado strikes as 10-man Juve sink Lyon

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JUAN CUADRADO came off the bench to score a late win­ner as 10man Ju­ven­tus beat Lyon 1-0 in France in Cham­pi­ons League Group H yes­ter­day.

The Ital­ian cham­pi­ons saw Gian­luigi Buf­fon save a first-half Alexan­dre La­cazette penalty and then had Mario Lem­ina sent off early in the sec­ond pe­riod.

But sub­sti­tute Cuadrado struck in the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour to stun the home fans at the Parc OL and leave the Serie A gi­ants, Cham­pi­ons League run­ners-up in 2015, in a strong po­si­tion in their section.

They are level at the top of Group H on seven points along with Sevilla, who were 1-0 win­ners away to Dinamo Zagreb in Croa­tia, while Lyon sit four points back in third place.

“What more do you want us to do,” Lyon cap­tain Maxime Gon­alons told beIN Sports af­ter the home side failed to find a way past an often in­spired Buf­fon.

“We gave ev­ery­thing. It was a tac­ti­cal bat­tle. We had chances but Buf­fon was in great form. He was re­mark­able.”

Ju­ven­tus had never won in six pre­vi­ous vis­its to France in the com- pe­ti­tion but Mas­si­m­il­iano Al­le­gri’s side ar­rived on a run of five con­sec­u­tive wins in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Op­po­nents Lyon had the fit-again La­cazette lead­ing their at­tack but se­lec­tion wor­ries in de­fence meant coach Bruno Ge­n­e­sio handed a start to the 19-year-old Mouc­tar Di­akhaby at the back.

Ju­ven­tus, with for­mer Lyon hero Mi­ralem Pjanic in their mid­field, were the dom­i­nant force in the early stages and Gon­zalo Higuain fizzed a shot just over and then forced a fine save from An­thony Lopes.

Lyon were strug­gling to get into the game but they won a penalty in the 34th minute when Leonardo Bonucci was pe­nalised for wrestling Di­akhaby to the floor at a cor­ner.

With France coach Di­dier Deschamps watch­ing from the stands, La­cazette stepped up to take the spot­kick but his ef­fort was saved by Buf­fon, div­ing down low to his left.

Buf­fon, who had been guilty of con­ced­ing soft goals for Italy against Spain re­cently and in Juve’s win over Udi­nese at the week­end, pro­duced a great save from Na­bil Fekir’s de­flected shot and also some­how kept out a Corentin Tolisso header from point-blank range.

In be­tween, the vis­i­tors had been re­duced to 10 men in the 54th minute when French mid­fielder Lem­ina was shown a sec­ond yel­low card for a foul on Fekir, although he had ap­peared to take the ball.

But Lyon could not make their man ad­van­tage count and Cuadrado, who had re­placed Paulo Dy­bala mid­way through the sec­ond half, col­lected a Dani Alves pass be­fore cut­ting in from the right and fir­ing in a shot that took Lopes by sur­prise and flew in be­tween the ‘keeper and his near post. – AFP


Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing against Legia Warszawa at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium yes­ter­day. – CHAM­PI­ONS LEAGUE GROUP E CSKA Moscow 1 (RUS) Monaco 1 (FRA) Bayer Lev­erkusen (GER) 0 Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur (ENG) 0. GROUP F Sport­ing Lis­bon (POR) 1 Dort­mund (GER) 2 Real Madrid 5

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