NYON: Cristiano Ronaldo’s present club and previous club both tumbled out of the Champions League simultaneously as the competition bounced back to life in front of empty stadia.
Ronaldo’s double in a 2-1 victory over Lyon was not enough to stop Juventus suffering an away goals defeat in their second round tie while Real Madrid, whom he left two years ago, were eliminated 2-1 and 4-2 on aggregate by Manchester City.
The former Sporting, Manchester United and Madrid forward scored in each half to cancel out Memphis Depay’s 12th-minute penalty for the visitors in Turin but a 2-2 aggregate saw Juventus eliminated on away goals.
Ronaldo’s strikes took him up to 37 for the season, which is the most goals scored in a single season by a Juve player, but it was Lyon who booked a quarter-final meeting with Manchester City after a key 1-0 victory in the first leg.
The match was not short on controversy, as first Lyon were awarded a penalty when Houssem Aouar appeared to be cleanly tackled in the area only for the referee to point to the spot.
Depay chipped home a Panenka after the VAR failed to overturn the decision, leaving Juve requiring three goals without reply.
And the first came when Depay was penalised for a handball in the box, with his arms tucked in as part of a wall at a free-kick.
Ronaldo fired in the resultant spot-kick, before lashing home from outside the area after half-time to give his side hope.
Before Jesus, like Sterling, benefited from a poor Varane back-pass to reestablish City’s two-goal advantage, Madrid briefly threatened in a 10-minute period after half-time.
But other than that it was a controlled, dominant performance from Pep Guardiola’s side as they deservedly sealed their place in the last eight.