Maccabi Haifa – Juventus Turin 2-0
FC Copenhague – Manchester City 0-0
Juve can’t do it
Defensively overwhelmed and non-existent offensively, Juventus Turin lost on the lawn of Maccabi Haifa 2-0 and lost Angel Di Maria, hit in the thigh, strongly compromising their chances of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
From the 4th minute, Wojciech Szczesny had to fend off a header from former Guingamp player Frantzdy Pierrot. But on another attempt signed Omer Atzili, the Polish goalkeeper could not do anything. The Israeli winger, left alone by the Bianconera defense, took over a cross from Frenchman Pierre Cornud (1-0, 7th) with an upturned header. crashed on the crossbar (12th). Then Atzili tried his luck again with a long shot that Szczesny managed to dismiss (13th). The dark evening of the Bianconeri continued when Angel Di Maria, sparkling last week against Maccabi in Turin with three assists, came off in the 23rd minute, touching the back of his right thigh. The ex-Parisian was replaced by former Marseillais Arkadiusz Milik.
The encounter took a nightmarish turn for the Turinese with a second goal from Atzili. Served by Pierrot, the Israeli deceived Szczesny with a shot into the top corner (2-0, 42nd). Just before the break, Dusan Vlahovic got Juve’s first real chance, but his powerful header was diverted by goalkeeper Josh Cohen. Defender Sean Goldberg then stopped Milik from getting the ball back.
In the second period, “the Old Lady” continued her timid awakening, but Cohen repelled the danger on a header from Daniele Rugani (54th). Juve could have been awarded a penalty after a charge from Cornud on Juan Cuadrado. After using the VAR, the referee finally did not whistle in favor of the Turinese (67th).
Both teams have three points each and are in a bad position to qualify.
City save the essentials
Manchester City, reduced to 10 for an hour and without star striker Erling Haaland, left on the bench, conceded a 0-0 draw on Tuesday on the lawn of FC Copenhagen, during the fourth day of the Champions League.
City had started the match very well and even thought they were going for a new walk of health when Rodri catapulted the ball into the opposing skylight from 22 meters, shortly after 10 minutes of play. But to everyone’s amazement, including Danes, the VAR called the referee to the edge of the field. The opener was eventually called off for a graze from the hand of Riyad Mahrez in the construction.
Less than ten minutes later, it was a Danish hand in the area, which had also completely escaped the Citizens, which was signaled by video arbitration, offering a penalty to the English. In charge of the low works, Mahrez rushed but his shot too little supported and halfway up was magnificently repelled by Kamil Grabara (25th). The Algerian’s evening took a definitively dark turn a few minutes later.
A crash by Sergio Gomez on Hakon Haraldsson, who started on goal and which the referee had deliberately chosen to ignore, again led to a VAR intervention and a change of opinion from the man in yellow who sent off the Spanish side of City (30th). Mahrez had to give way to Ruben Diaz to preserve the balance of the team.
After that, the Citizens kept control of the ball, overall dominating the game, but without creating many dangerous chances. With a foot and a half in the round of 16, however, they shouldn’t worry much despite this half poor performance.