by Oviri Kelvin
Juventus crashed out of UEFA Champions League after it fell to a 3-0 defeat to Villareal in Turin in the round of 16.
The Italian club had in the first leg of the clash in Spain drew 1-1 with Villareal at the Estadio de la Cerámica but were unable to capitalize on its home advantage against Unai Emery’s side.
This is the third successive year the Old Ladies have crashed out of the round of sixteen instigated by substitute Gerard Moreno after he broke the deadlock in the 78 minutes through a penalty kick to put Villarreal on the lead.
It did not stop there for the Yellow Submarines who were still not satisfied with the slim lead at Allianz Stadium and went ahead through the efforts of defender Pau Torres and Nigeria-born Arnaut Danjuma in the 85th and 92nd minutes respectively.
Villareal manager, however, acknowledged that Juventus as a great side engineered his team to come prepared with a gameplan. He added that after the win in Turin, the Yellow Submarine is expected to be seeded with a top team in the round on 8 The Trumpet gathered.
This is the time since 2009 that Villareal has reached the UEFA Champions League round of 8 which is 13 years ago. It is also the third time ever in history that the club has attained this feat.
In 2020 and 2021 of the UEFA Champions League in Lyon and Porto, Juventus crashed out of the round of 16 with a 2022 outing to complete a triad.
Meanwhile, Massimiliano Allegri said Juventus played against an 11-man defensive side who were fortunate to have a chance and took it.