Juve frus­trated by last-gasp Lyon

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Gon­zalo Higuain con­verted a penalty and missed an open goal, as Lyon snatched a late 11 draw at the Ju­ven­tus Sta­dium.

The Bian­coneri knew a win would put them through to the Round of 16, hav­ing won 1-0 in France with Juan Cuadrado’s screamer.

How­ever, they have to wait for the next two games and see Sevilla break away at the top of the group af­ter a 4-0 vic­tory over 10-man Di­namo Za­greb.

Mario Lem­ina was sent off and there­fore sus­pended here, while Clau­dio Marchi­sio had his first Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ance since Fe­bru­ary. Mi­ralem Pjanic was moved into a tre­quartista role in the new 4-3-1-2 sys­tem, as Paulo Dy­bala, Gior­gio Chiellini and Marko Pjaca were side­lined. Lyon missed Mathieu Val­buena and Christophe Jal­let.

Pjanic was in­cor­rectly flagged off­side when his an­gled drive was cleared off the line in the open­ing cou­ple of min­utes.

Gigi Buf­fon marked his 100th Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ance and was called into an early save with his legs at the near post on Ma­ciej Ry­bus, while Mario Mandzu­kic’s strike was smoth­ered.

Lyon gave away an en­tirely avoid­able penalty when Higuain threaded through for Ste­fano Stu­raro, only to be barged over by clumsy Mouc­tar Di­akhaby. Higuain stepped up and con­verted the spot-kick to put Ju­ven­tus in front.

Marchi­sio’s fierce daisy-cut­ter clipped the out­side of the post and Na­bil Fekir’s free kick was blasted well over.

It should’ve been 2-0 to Juve on 40 min­utes when Mandzu­kic dis­pos­sessed a de­fender and surged into the box, rolling across for Higuain, who in­cred­i­bly fired over an empty net from 14 yards. It was an in­cred­i­ble miss.

Rachid Ghez­zal drilled just wide from the edge of the box af­ter shrug­ging off chal­lenges. Af­ter the restart, Pjanic knocked down a search­ing Leo Bonucci pass for Mandzu­kic to scuff wide.

Andrea Barza­gli was de­ci­sive to in­ter­cept a roll across for La­cazette on the counter-at­tack and Lyon poured on the pres­sure, al­beit with unin­spir­ing fin­ish­ing.

Bonucci went off af­ter a slight thigh prob­lem and Alex San­dro re­placed Pjanic, re­turn­ing to a 3-5-2 for the fi­nal 23 min­utes.

Alex San­dro made an im­me­di­ate im­pact, squirm­ing be­tween two de­fend­ers down the left to set up Higuain for a de­flected strike.

Stu­raro gave the ball away cheaply in mid­field and Barza­gli made a cru­cial full-body block on Maxwell Cor­net’s ef­fort.

For all the pres­sure, Buf­fon was com­pletely undis­turbed, at least un­til the equaliser.

A long Ghez­zal free kick had three play­ers ready to nod it in and Corentin Tolisso got his head to it from six yards, leav­ing Buf­fon with no chance.

It was the first goal Juve had con­ceded in the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son at the 32nd shot on tar­get.

Lyon seemed more likely to win in stop­pages, as with prac­ti­cally the last kick La­cazette sprinted on to a through ball past Barza­gli, but Buf­fon nar­rowed the an­gle to force him wide.

Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho given onegame touch­line ban and fined by FA

Manch­ester United boss Jose Mour­inho has been fined £50,000 and given a touch­line ban by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion for two charges.

The Por­tuguese coach ad­mit­ted using abu­sive and/or in­sult­ing words to­wards a match of­fi­cial and ac­cepted the stan­dard penalty of a one-game ban, which will be served against Swansea City on Sun­day.

Mour­inho was sent to the stands by ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg for an in­ci­dent "in or around the tun­nel area dur­ing half-time" of United's goal­less draw against Burn­ley last week­end.

As well as the sus­pen­sion, the stan­dard penalty for this breach of FA Rule E3 also in­cludes an £8,000 fine. In a sep­a­rate of­fence, Mour­inho was handed the £50,000 fine for com­ments he made about ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor ahead of the goal­less draw against Liver­pool last month.

Mour­inho said of the of­fi­cial, who is based near Manch­ester: "Some­body with in­ten­tion is putting such a pres­sure on him. I feel that it will be dif­fi­cult for him to have a very good per­for­mance."

United cur­rently sit eighth in the Premier League table, eight points adrift of the top three af­ter 10 matches.

Ju­ven­tus' Dani Alves and Lyon's Ma­ciej Re­bus, left, vie for the ball yes­ter­day

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