Juventus into last four at Lyon’s expense

Adrea Pirlo

Adrea Pirlo

Andrea Pirlo scored a trademark free-kick as Juventus moved into the last four of the Europa League with a 2-1 second-leg win over Lyon.

The hosts started brightly and took the lead inside five minutes when Pirlo nestled his free-kick in the corner of Anthony Lopes’ goal.

But Lyon grew into the contest and drew level on the night when Gianluigi Buffon could only help Jimmy Briand’s header into the net before the half petered out, with the visitors happy to sit back despite needing a goal.

Carlos Tevez diverted a clever header into the top corner on the hour mark only to see the offside flag halt his celebrations, but Juventus did not have to wait long for their second goal as Claudio Marchisio’s speculative effort took a cruel deflection off Samuel Umtiti and found the bottom corner.

Lyon pressed for a route back into the match but, despite long spells of possession, lacked the creativity or cutting-edge to trouble the Italians.

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