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HomeUEFA ChampionshipJuventus 0-3 Villarreal (1-4 Agg)

Juventus 0-3 Villarreal (1-4 Agg)

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Juventus were dumped out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage for the third consecutive season after a dismal 3-0 second-leg defeat to Villarreal on Wednesday.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the first leg in Spain three weeks ago, and Juve looked the more likely side to progress to the quarter-finals for much of the match at the Allianz Stadium.

Unai Emery’s side produced a sensational final 12 minutes, though, sealing a memorable win thanks to penalties from Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma on either side of Pau Torres’ close-range finish.

Massimiliano Allegri’s men looked crestfallen as their 12-game unbeaten run came to an end in spectacular circumstances.

The hosts went agonisingly close to going ahead midway through the first half when Dusan Vlahovic’s first-time effort from Mattia De Sciglio’s low cross crashed back off the crossbar.

Giovani Lo Celso whipped narrowly wide at the other end as Villarreal belatedly flexed their muscles.

Yet neither side was able to find a way through before the interval.

Adrien Rabiot stung the palms of Geronimo Rulli with an ambitious effort shortly before the hour mark.

Meanwhile, Juan Cuadrado flashed wide from long-range as Juve continued to look the more threatening.

That counted for little come the 78th minute when Moreno stroked home from the penalty spot after Daniele Rugani had brought down Francis Coquelin in the penalty area, the spot-kick given by referee Szymon Marciniak after he had been encouraged by VAR to review the pitchside monitor.

Later Torres stole in at the back post from a corner to bundle into the roof of Wojciech Szczesny’s net.

Juve’s dismal exit was completed when Danjuma slotted in from the spot in stoppage time.

What does it mean? Juve downed by ruthless visitors.

How Juventus managed to capitulate so spectacularly in the closing stages will remain a mystery.

Remarkably, Villarreal had just three shots on target in the entire game and scored with all three of them.

The shock defeat brought Juve’s run of six consecutive home wins in the Champions League.

Villarreal would contest a quarter-final tie in the competition for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Moreno is on the spot.

Despite cutting an isolated figure for much of the match, Moreno showed no rustiness when presented with the chance to open the scoring for Villarreal.

Moreno successfully scored twice and assisted three times in the Champions League this season.

Morata struggles.

Moreno’s compatriot, Alvaro Morata, had no such luck up front for Juve. He had four shots – the most of any player on the pitch – before his substitution for Moise Kean late on.

What’s next?

Both sides return to domestic action on Sunday, with Juventus at home to Salernitana and Villarreal away at Cadiz.

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Abdul Aziz Shaikh
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