Lyon Hold Off Juventus To Reach Champions League Quarter-Finals

 

Lyon qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday despite losing 2-1 to Juventus in Turin.

A goal up after winning February’s first leg, French side Lyon will face Manchester City at the final tournament in Lisbon after drawing 2-2 on aggregate and going through on away goals.

Lyon squeezed past the Italian champions thanks to Memphis Depay’s 12th-minute penalty which put Rudi Garcia’s side two goals ahead in the tie and left Juve with a mountain to climb.

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Needing to score three unanswered goals in order to go through, Cristiano Ronaldo tried his best to drag the Italian champions over the line.

He levelled the scores on the night with a penalty of his own with two minutes left in the opening period before crashing a second home on the hour mark.

However Juve performed poorly and Lyon managed to hold on to set up a clash with Pep Guardiola’s City, who put out 13-time winners Real Madrid, on August 15.

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Ronaldo Set For Turin Debut As Juventus Break Billion-Euro Mark On Stock Exchange

Juventus’ Portuguese forward, Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a shot during the Italian Serie A football match AC Chievo vs Juventus at the Marcantonio-Bentegodi stadium in Verona on August 18, 2018. Alberto PIZZOLI / AFP

 

Cristiano Ronaldo plays his first competitive game in Turin on Saturday as it was revealed that his arrival at Juventus has pushed the Serie A champions over the billion-euro mark on the Italian stock exchange.

According to Calcio e Finanza, a specialist sport and finance website, at the close of business on Friday, Juventus were valued at 1.035 billion euros ($1.2 billion).

It is the first time the club has reached that level since its introduction on the stock exchange in 2001.

That compares to Manchester United, the world’s richest club, whose overall value is £3.1bn ($3.9 billion).

Juventus’s shares have grown 55.15 per cent on the stock exchange since July 1, increasing from 0.660 euro to 1.024 euros.

“The rise peaked this summer, starting in June, when the first information about the possible arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo began circulating,” noted Calcio e Finanza.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner joined the Serie A champions from Real Madrid on July 10 in a 100-million-euro deal. He earns a salary of 30 million euros per year.

Since his arrival sales of the club’s black and white jersey have also exploded.

Calcio e Finanza added that the volume of share sales went from 19 million euros in June to 301 million euros in July.

Ronaldo played his first competitive game in a 3-2 win against Chievo in Verona last weekend. His first game in Turin is against Lazio on Saturday at 1600 GMT.

“There’s excitement in the air!” said Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“Ronaldo is bringing a great enthusiasm to Italian football, I see all the people that are waiting outside, but regardless of the excitement, we still have to win games.

“We haven’t won anything just by signing him, so we have to show that on the pitch.

“Lazio will make it a great encounter, they defeated us last season at Allianz Stadium to end a 41-game unbeaten run. So it’s very important, even if it is only our second match of the season.”

Simone Inzaghi’s Roman side — who finished fifth last season — lost their opening match of the season 1-0 against Napoli.

“It would be wrong to only think about Ronaldo,” said Inzaghi.

“They’ll also play (Paulo) Dybala and (Mario) Mandzukic, and they have so many alternatives on the bench.”

Ronaldo Arrives Turin Ahead Of Juventus Unveiling

Ronaldo Arrives Turin Ahead Of Juventus Unveiling
A picture taken on July 11, 2018, shows a saleswoman making the shop window with a Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus jersey in a shop in downtown Turin. Portuguese football superstar transfer from Real Madrid to Italy’s Juventus was announced on July 10. Isabella Bonotto / AFP

 

Cristiano Ronaldo has landed in Turin ahead of his official unveiling as Juventus’ superstar summer signing on Monday afternoon, the Serie A champions announced on Sunday.

“Now arriving in Turin: @Cristiano!” the club wrote on its Twitter account, alongside a photo of Ronaldo with his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez in front of the private jet that brought him to Italy at Turin’s Caselle airport.

Juventus then posted a video of the plane landing and the player stepping down from the plane his entourage before being whisked off by club officials in a car with blacked out windows.

Ronaldo was expected to land in Italy on Monday morning after surprising the world and asking for a 100 million-euro ($116 million) move from European champions Real Madrid, with daily Repubblica reporting that as many as 20,000 fans were expected to greet him at the airport.

However, Ronaldo, who won four of the last five Champions Leagues with his former club, will now head for the Allianz Stadium for medicals on Monday before facing journalists’ questions at a media conference scheduled for 1630 GMT.

There the five-time Ballon d’Or winner will sign a four-year contract worth a reported 30 million euros a season in a deal that Italian media says will cost Juventus a total of 350 million euros.

La Repubblica reports that he will meet the team — who have begun pre-season training — on Monday afternoon, but will join them officially later in the month when they begin their summer tour of the United States.

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UCL: Juventus Ready For Sevilla Clash

juventusJuventus and Sevilla will be hoping to leave their domestic woes behind as they meet in the Champions League Group D clash in Turin.

Both teams have had a difficult start to the season domestically, but put in a more positive performance in the Champions League.

Juventus opened with a 2-1 victory at Manchester City, while Sevilla beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-nil.

Serie A Champions, Juventus, who last season reached the Champions League final, have dropped to 15th place in the Serie A, after losing for the third time in six matches this season.

Juventus goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, said the similarities between the Bianconeri and Sevilla meant both teams would be hungry for a victory on Wednesday.

Juventus Coach, Allegri Denies Balotelli Interest

BalotelliJuventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri, has denied media reports linking Liverpool’s under-pressure striker, Mario Balotelli, with a move to the Turin giants in the January transfer window.

The Italy international has scored just two goals since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in a £16million transfer in August and has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League.

Allegri told Italian TV station RAI: “I think this is a made up story. Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus.”

Allegri had coached Balotelli at AC Milan before taking over at Juve in July.

Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has, however, thrown his weight behind the 24-year-old, who has also been linked to French club, Paris St Germain.

He insists that despite Balotelli’s slow start to life at Anfield, the former Inter Milan striker will come good at Liverpool.

Also speaking to RAI, “Mario has been out for almost 10 weeks with an injury and you cannot judge him until he is 100 per cent fit. It’s not easy to go abroad and adapt quickly to a new team.”

“Now he is not doing well at Liverpool for different reasons but Mario is calm and he is working to return to be in top condition. I do not regret this transfer and Mario’s departure from Milan.”

Balotelli is under contract with Liverpool until June 2017.

The striker played almost three seasons at Manchester City before joining AC Milan in January 2013.

Edin Dzeko not leaving Man. City – Agent

There has been widespread speculation that Manchester City and Bosnian star Edin Dzeko will be moving on to another club tentatively Italy, after falling from the top allowing the likes of Aguero and Tevez take his shine.

Dzeko joined City in January 2011, after an extremely successful spell at Wolfsburg, but has largely struggled for form since, scoring just 16 goals in 45 games.

The striker’s agent Irfan Redzepagic said the Bosnian striker who left German club Wolfsburg to come and strike for Manchester City is keen to remain in England even though he is rated behind Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli and Carlos Tevez in the pecking order.

Specualtion of the hitman’s movement from Manchester City started to grow when his agent met with Giuseppe Marotta; the manager of Juventus with an eye for an imminent move to Turin came into the picture but later the agent stressed that Dzeko is happy in England and has no immediate plans to leave City.

“But Edin plans to stay at Manchester City. I recently spoke with Marotta, but we talked about other things and we have not talked about Dzeko, because he wants to play in England at City. I think Edin won’t leave City, Irfan Redzepagic concluded.”