Qualification will have to wait as Juventus could only muster a 1-1 draw at home against Lyon to hinder their chance of topping their Champions League Group H.
And to think, it all started so well. Deployed in a new 4-3-1-2 formation, chosen to extol the virtues of new recruit Miralem Pjanic, Juventus started brightly, playing in a fluid manner as they took control of the game in search of goals.
A daft foul led to Lyon conceding a penalty and Gonzalo Higuain coolly converted. The home fans hoped it would be the start of many but after squandering the easiest of chances, Juventus soon lost control, surrendering both physically and mentally to an opponent that has pace and desire in abundance.
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