Villarreal win 3-0 at Juventus to reach CL quarterfinals

Three late goals earned Villarreal a stunning 3-0 second-leg victory at Juventus on Wednesday to condemn the Serie A side to a 4-1 aggregate loss and a Champions League last-16 exit for the third successive season.

Three late goals earned Villarreal a stunning 3-0 second-leg victory at Juventus on Wednesday to condemn the Serie A side to a 4-1 aggregate loss and a Champions League last-16 exit for the third successive season.

Having fallen before the quarterfinals against Olympique Lyonnais and Porto in the previous two seasons, in-form Juventus, which had lost just once in its last 21 matches in all competitions, was firm favourite to progress.

Juve dominated the first half and was unfortunate not to go into the break in front after Dusan Vlahovic’s brilliant flicked effort came back off the crossbar, but it could not keep up the pressure in the second period.

Villarreal was content to sit back and wait for its moment, which came in the 78th minute after the visitor was awarded a penalty following a VAR review, with substitute Gerard Moreno, who had only just come on, squeezing the spot kick home.

Juve threw on Argentine striker Paulo Dybala as the side looked to level the tie, but goals down the other end from defender Pau Torres and another penalty, this time converted by Arnaut Danjuma, completed a famous win for Unai Emery’s team.

Juventus came into the last 16 having also enjoyed an impressive group-stage campaign where it finished top ahead of the current holder Chelsea.

A blistering start saw Spanish striker Alvaro Morata denied by a fine save from Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, giving the home fans hope that progression to the last eight would be a smooth process.

January signing Vlahovic was proving to be a real handful, drilling wide before his improvised effort came out off the woodwork.

Villarreal was enjoying plenty of possession, but could not do much with it. It looked more comfortable after the break, however, as Juve struggled to keep up its momentum.

Daniele Rugani’s lunging tackle on Francis Coquelin gave Villarreal the chance to lead the tie for the first time. Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny, who saved a penalty at the weekend, almost kept out the spot kick, but saw the ball squirm through his hands.

Torres’ finish from a corner sparked wild scenes of celebration with Villarreal knowing the job was done, even though there was still time for another converted penalty, after Matthijs de Ligt’s handball.

Having dominated for such long periods, only Juve will know how it managed to lose by three goals.

Embattled Chelsea beats Lille to reach CL quarters

Much remains uncertain about Chelsea’s future, but for now the reigning champion is through to the Champions League quarterfinals.

U.S. international Christian Pulisic converted one of Chelsea’s rare chances and Cesar Azpilicueta added another goal Wednesday to help the embattled Premier League club progress with a 2-1 win at Lille, and 4-1 on aggregate.

Chelsea, whose future has been left in doubt after Britain and the European Union froze the assets of owner Roman Abramovich, did not create much but was clinical against the French league champion.

Pulisic canceled out a penalty from Burak Ylmaz with a goal at the stroke of halftime and Azpilicueta scored the winner in the 71st minute.

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