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Champions League – Villarreal made history: beat Juventus in Italy | Playon99 News



Villarreal made history and knocked a giant like Juventus out of the Champions League at home. Allegri was unsettled by Emery’s approach and a brilliant performance by the Spaniards sent them into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

The Spanish team suffered a lot in the first half, but in the second half they got up with attitude and, above all, self-respect to dethrone a team that took for granted that they would win the key.

Juventus, with a board of directors that promoted the European Super League, spent more than 100 million euros to reinforce their squad in the last market and soccer gave them a slap in the face to learn that any team can win and that is why it is the most beautiful sport.

The first half was a siege of Juventus against Villarreal’s goal, but goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli was the star of the match.

A couple of accurate headers from Alvaro Morata and Dusan Vlahovic ended up with the Argentine goalkeeper becoming the hero.

Adrien Rabiot also had a shot from distance, but he came up against the great figure of Rulli. In the only moment where the goalkeeper needed luck, the crossbar said no to Vlahovic.

In any case, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri’s exaggeration at the press conference was exaggerated, claiming that Villarreal did not even try to counterattack: in the first half they had two scoring chances from Giovanni Lo Celso and Serge Aurier.

The second half also saw the emergence of another key player for Unai Emery’s Villarreal: Pau Torres.

The Spanish defender pulled out absolutely everything and prevented in every way the Italian attacks with a performance that has to catapult him into the starting lineup in the Spanish national team.

At 75 minutes into the match came the action that sparked Spanish madness: Francis Coquelin entered the box and was brought down by Daniele Rugani, the referee was warned by the VAR booth and awarded a penalty.

Gerard Moreno took the spot kick and converted to go out and celebrate with the delirious Villarreal away fans who couldn’t believe it.

Juventus crumbled with the first goal and gave way to madness. Just 7 minutes later, Torres crowned his magical night by scoring the second goal, pushing the ball in from a cross that came in from the corner.

Towards the end and with time added on, Matthijs de Ligt wanted to avoid a shot and caused a penalty with his hand. The referee took the spot kick and Arnaut Danjuma, Villarreal’s star player in the Champions League group stage, scored to make it 3-0.

Villarreal had their night of glory in Turin and knocked the mighty Juventus out of the Champions League. Who can take away what has been danced now: in the Quarterfinals, let anyone come, because this team will put up a fight.



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