Having suffered a first defeat against Lyon, Juventus have work to do on home soil for the second season in succession to turn round their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie.
• Lucas Tousart’s first-half goal at the OL Stadium on 26 February earned Lyon their first UEFA Champions League knockout victory in eight years, and left Juve once again needing a Turin comeback at this stage.
• The French club have lost their three most recent last-16 ties – and six of their last seven contests at this stage – and have not reached the quarter-finals since 2009/10. Juve have not been eliminated in the last 16 since 2015/16, their only reverse in their last six appearances at this juncture, and produced a fine second-leg comeback to progress 12 months ago.
• This is the sides’ sixth match, all in the last six years. Juve won three of the first four fixtures, with the first leg of this tie OL’s sole success against the Bianconeri.
• The teams first met in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, Leonardo Bonucci scoring the only goal of the first leg at Lyon’s former home, the Stade de Gerland, five minutes from time. Andrea Pirlo increased Juve’s aggregate advantage four minutes into the Turin return and, although Jimmy Briand’s 18th-minute strike gave OL hope, a Samuel Umtiti own goal midway through the second half sealed Juventus’s place in the semi-finals.
• In the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League group stage Juventus again secured a narrow victory in France, Juan Cuadrado getting the only goal with 14 minutes left at the OL Stadium on Matchday 3. The Bianconeri looked set for another narrow victory at the Juventus Stadium thanks to Gonzalo Higuaín’s 13th-minute penalty, but Corentin Tolisso earned Lyon a point with five minutes left.
• Juve went on to finish first in Group H, third-placed Lyon moving into the UEFA Europa League, where they reached the semi-finals.
• The Bianconeri won five of their six Group D games to finish six points clear at the top. They dropped points only in their first fixture, Maurizio Sarri’s first European game as Juventus coach, being pegged back by two late Atlético Madrid goals in a 2-2 draw in Spain, but went on to beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 in Italy and Lokomotiv Moskva 2-1 home and away. A 1-0 home win against Atlético and a 2-0 success at Leverkusen completed the section.
• The loss at Lyon made it four defeats in Juve’s last 12 UEFA Champions League matches (W6 D2).
• Gianluigi Buffon’s appearance in Leverkusen made him the second oldest player to feature in the UEFA Champions League, aged 41 years 317 days. The only older participant is another Italian goalkeeper, Marco Ballotta, who played for Lazio against Real Madrid in December 2007 aged 43 years 252 days.
• This is Juventus’s 11th UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie (W7 L3); they have won the last three, producing a memorable comeback against Atlético 12 months ago (0-2 a, 3-0 h) thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-leg hat-trick.
• In 2018/19, under Massimiliano Allegri, Juve finished first in their group and, after turning round their last-16 tie against Atlético, drew 1-1 at Ajax in the first leg of their quarter-final only to bow out following a 2-1 home defeat. That was the Bianconeri’s second defeat in Turin in last season’s competition having lost by the same scoreline against Manchester United on Matchday 4 – the only time Juventus have ever lost more than one home game in a European campaign.
• Last season’s win against Atlético is Juve’s only success in their last four home UEFA Champions League knockout matches (D1 L2).
• Before losing to Real Madrid in the 2017/18 quarter-final first leg (0-3), Juve were unbeaten in 27 home matches in UEFA competition (W16 D11), dating back to a 2-0 reverse against Bayern München in April 2013. They have still lost only four of their 41 European matches at the Juventus Stadium (W25 D12), although three of those defeats have come in their last nine matches.
• This is Juve’s first two-legged tie against a French club since they defeated Monaco in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals (2-0 a, 2-1 h) to make it 12 aggregate wins out of 12 against Ligue 1 opponents.
• The first leg ended Juve’s eight-match unbeaten run (W6 D2) against French sides, home and away, stretching back to a 2-0 loss at Bordeaux in the 2009/10 group stage.
• The Turin team have never lost at home to French visitors, winning 11 of their 14 matches.
• Champions of Italy for a record eighth season in a row in 2018/19, this is Juve’s 20th UEFA Champions League campaign.
• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.
• Juve have won 15 of the 33 UEFA ties in which they lost the away first leg, most recently against Atlético in last season’s round of 16 (0-2 a, 3-0 h). On the 15 occasions the Bianconeri have lost the away game 1-0, they have won eight ties on aggregate, although they lost the most recent, against Chelsea in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-2 h) – one of seven defeats in the last ten ties when they were beaten 1-0 away in the first leg.
•Juventus’s record in six UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W3 L3:
3-0 v Ajax, 1977/78 European Champion Clubs’ Cup quarter-final
1-4 v Widzew Łódź, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
4-2 v Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
1-3 v Real Madrid, 1986/87 European Champion Clubs’ Cup second round
4-2 v Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
2-3 v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
• Lyon squeezed into the last 16 as Group G runners-up having picked up eight points from their six games, one more than both Benfica and Zenit. Away from home, OL won 2-0 at eventual section winners Leipzig before losing at Benfica (1-2) and Zenit (0-2).
• Lyon have nevertheless lost only four of their last 19 European matches (W7 D8).Away from home, it is four defeats in 12 matches (W5 D3).
• When Lyon’s Rayan Cherki came on as a substitute at Zenit on Matchday 5, he became, at 16 years 102 days, the second youngest player to appear in the UEFA Champions League – after Celestine Babayaro, who was aged 16 years 87 days when he played for Anderlecht against Olympiacos in November 1994.
• Third in Ligue 1 last season, this is Lyon’s 16th UEFA Champions League campaign – four more than any other French club – and fourth in five seasons.
• This is Lyon’s 11th round of 16 appearance, where their aggregate record is W4 L6. Having won their first four ties, they have lost six of the last seven, the most recent win against Real Madrid in 2009/10 (1-0 h, 1-1 a).
• Les Gones were eliminated by Barcelona in last season’s round of 16 (0-0 h, 1-5 a).
• Lyon have lost five of their last six away games in the round of 16, where their away record overall is W3 D2 L5. Their last away win at this stage, 1-0 at PSV Eindhoven in 2005/06, was their third in a row.
• The first leg was Lyon’s first win in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds since a 1-0 first-leg victory against APOEL in February 2012; Les Gones went on to lose that last-16 tie on penalties.
• The French club’s record in two-legged knockout ties against Italian clubs is W2 L5. They had suffered five straight eliminations before winning the most recent contest, against Roma in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League round of 16 (4-2 h, 1-2 a).
• Lyon’s last games against a Serie A side before this tie came against Atalanta in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League group stage (1-1 h, 0-1 a). That 2017 home win against Roma and the first-leg defeat of Juve are their only successes in their last ten matches with Italian sides, home and away (D2 L6).
• OL are without a win in their last five games in Italy (D1 L4).
• Lyon were UEFA Champions League semi-finalists in 2010.
• Lyon’s record in three UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:
2-4 v PSV Eindhoven, 2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-final
3-4 v APOEL, 2011/12 UEFA Champions League round of 16
7-6 v Beşiktaş, 2016/17 UEFA Europa League quarter-final
• Lyon have won 18 of the 21 UEFA competition ties in which they have led after the first leg at home, most recently against Villarreal in the 2017/18 UEFA Europa League round of 32 (3-1 h, 1-0 a). They have won six of the seven ties in which the scoreline was 1-0, their only defeat coming on penalties against APOEL at this stage of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League (0-1 a).
Links and trivia
• Miralem Pjanić made 90 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon, scoring ten goals, between 2008 and 2011. He was a Metz player between 2004 and 2008.
• Buffon spent 2018/19 with Paris Saint Germain, making 17 league appearances including a 5-0 win against Lyon at the Parc des Princes on 7 October 2018.
• Blaise Matuidi (2011–17) and Adrien Rabiot (2010–19) also played for Paris.
• Matuidi also represented Troyes (2004–07) and St-Étienne (2007–11) in French football while Rabiot spent the second half of 2012/13 on loan at Toulouse.
• Higuaín was born in the French city of Brest, when his father Jorge was playing for the local club.
• Lyon coach Rudi Garcia was in charge of Roma between 2013 and 2016, when Pjanić was part of the Italian club’s squad; Roma finished second in Serie A behind Juventus in each of Garcia’s first two seasons.
• Have played in Italy:
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma 2014/15)
Joachim Andersen (Sampdoria 2017–19)
Ciprian Tătărușanu (Fiorentina 2014–17)
• Have played together:
Miralem Pjanić & Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Roma 2014/15)
Cristiano Ronaldo & Rafael (Manchester United 2008/09)
Matthijs de Ligt & Bertrand Traoré (Ajax 2016/17)
Federico Bernardeschi & Ciprian Tătărușanu (Fiorentina 2014–17)
Juan Cuadrado & Ciprian Tătărușanu (Fiorentina 2014)
Juan Cuadrado & Bertrand Traoré (Chelsea 2015)
• International team-mates:
Cristiano Ronaldo & Anthony Lopes (Portugal)
Blaise Matuidi & Léo Dubois (France)
Matthijs de Ligt & Kenny Tete, Memphis Depay (Netherlands)
Alex Sandro, Danilo, Douglas Costa & Rafael (Brazil)
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Giorgio Chiellini
Out: Merih Demiral
• Wojciech Szczęsny’s next appearance in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, will be his 50th.
• Juve have scored at least one goal in their last 23 Serie A games, since a 0-0 draw at Fiorentina on 14 September.
• On 22 December Juventus lost the Italian Super Cup final 3-1 against Lazio, their third defeat in the match in the past four years.
• The Bianconeri reached the Coppa Italia semi-finals by beating Udinese 4-0 on 15 January and Roma 3-1 the following week. An added-time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave them a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the first leg of their last-four tie on 13 February. The return leg was originally scheduled for 4 March but has been postponed, as was the Serie A game against Bologna that was due to take place on 13 March.
• The Bianconeri were 2-0 winners at home to Inter on 8 March thanks to goals from Aaron Ramsey and Paulo Dybala – a result that returned them to the top of the Serie A table, one point above Lazio.
• Cristiano Ronaldo played his 1,000th game as a professional against Inter. The list comprises 31 appearances for Sporting CP, 292 for Manchester United, 438 for Real Madrid and now 75 for Juventus, plus 164 caps for Portugal. He has scored 725 goals in those 1,000 matches.
• In the 2-1 defeat at Verona on 8 February, Ronaldo beat David Trezeguet’s club record by scoring in a tenth consecutive Serie A game for Juve. He was rested for the 2-0 home win against Brescia on 16 February but made it 11 in a row in a 2-1 win at SPAL on 22 February before the sequence ended against Inter.
• Ronaldo is the third player to score in 11 successive Serie A matches, after Gabriel Batistuta (Fiorentina, 1994/95) and Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria, 2018/19).
• Ronaldo has scored 16 of Juventus’s last 26 league goals.
• Giorgio Chiellini came on as a substitute against Brescia, his first game since sustaining a knee ligament injury in August. He started at SPAL, playing 55 minutes, but has not featured since.
• Chiellini replaced Merih Demiral in Juventus’s UEFA Champions League squad, the Turkey defender having suffered a similar injury in the 2-1 win at Roma on 12 January shortly after scoring his first goal for Juve.
• Douglas Costa played against Inter, his first game since suffering his third muscle injury of the season in the defeat at Verona.
• Sami Khedira was on the bench against Inter for the first time after undergoing a knee operation in late November.
• On 11 February Szczęsny extended his contract with Juventus until 2024.
• UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal, loan), Bruno Guimarães (Athletico Paranaense)
Out: Heritier Deyonge, Oumar Solet, Issiar Drame
• Having won only one of their last four games in 2019 (D2 L1) in all competitions, Lyon kicked off the new year with a seven-match unbeaten run, winning six and, in the only draw, 2-2 at home to LOSC Lille in the French League Cup semi-finals on 21 January, prevailing 4-3 on penalties.
• They have won only four of their last ten matches in all competitions, however. Following their first-leg defeat of Juve, Lyon were 2-0 winners at home to local rivals St-Étienne on 1 March.
• Three days later, Lyon suffered a 5-1 loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the French Cup semi-finals, the first time they had conceded five goals in a game since losing by the same scoreline to Barcelona in last season’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg.
• A 1-0 loss at LOSC on 8 March made it four wins in OL’s last 11 Ligue 1 matches (D3 L4).
• January signing Karl Toko Ekambi scored in his first two Ligue 1 matches, but has not found the net in his last nine appearances in all competitions.
• Aged 16 years 176 days, Ryan Cherki became the third youngest player to start a Ligue 1 game for Lyon in the 4-2 defeat at Paris Saint-Germain on 9 February.
• Lyon have won six of their 15 away Ligue 1 games this season (D3 L6).
• After 28 Ligue 1 games this season, OL have 40 points; they were third on 50 points at the same stage of 2018/19.
• Moussa Dembélé is Lyon’s top scorer this season with 22 goals in all competitions, including 16 in the league; the 23-year-old found the net in his first seven appearances this year and has 12 goals in 17 games in 2020.
• Lyon will play Paris in the League Cup final at the Stade de France; initially scheduled for 4 April, the game has now been postponed.
• Lucas Tousart will join Hertha Berlin at the end of the season.
• In January, Lyon signed Brazilian midfielder Camilo from Ponte Preta and Zimbabwean striker Tino Kadewere from Le Havre; both players will join the club on 30 June.
• Youssouf Koné has not played since undergoing ankle surgery in December, although he was an unused substitute at LOSC.
• Memphis Depay, who has nine Ligue 1 goals this season and five in the UEFA Champions League, has not played since 15 December due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
• Jeff Reine-Adélaïde also suffered a cruciate injury in Lyon’s 1-0 home defeat by Rennes on 15 December.
• Oumar Solet has been removed from Lyon’s UEFA Champions League squad after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament in January.
Official UEFA Champions League Man of the Match award introduced
UEFA will give out an official Man of the Match award after every UEFA Champions League knockout stage game to recognise the top performers in Europe’s top club competition. UEFA Technical Observers at each UEFA Champions League game from the round of 16 on will decide who deserves the Man of the Match, with an official award being handed to the successful players after full-time in recognition of their roles in decisive moments, tactical maturity, creativity and inspiration, exceptional skill and fair play.