Villarreal beats Juventus at the Old Lady
Villarreal’s last match against Juventus in the Champions League ended with their victory. Champions of the Europa League Villarreal scored three goals in the second half on Wednesday to win 3-0 and reach the quarterfinals for the first time in 13 years. Villarreal is an experienced team with a great coach who has won the Europa League on several occasions.
Villarreal manager Unai Emery also lost his first Champions League play-off draw, having previously been eliminated in the round of 16 on each of his three attempts, with Valencia in 2010-11 and with PSG in 2016-17 and 2017 -2018. After a 1-1 draw at Madrigal, Juventus emerged as favourites for the table at home. Still, Unai Emery’s Villarreal showed why they are the reigning Europa League champions and ended a memorable second half by scoring three goals at the Old Lady in front of their audience. Dusan Vlahovic scored the second-fastest goal for a Champions League rookie as his Juventus drew 1-1 against Villarreal in Villarreal’s round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.
Vlahovic scored in the first minute of Dusan Vlahovic’s Champions League debut for Juventus. Still, Dani Parejo scored in a 1-1 draw against Villarreal in the first leg of the round of 16. Juventus won 3-1 against Sampdoria in the last game of the Italian championship without the help of Dusan Vlahovic. In the winter transfer window, the striker arrived from Fiorentina and quickly adapted to Juventus. After the kick, Juventus tried to react to the draw, but Villarreal still scored. After the goal, Juventus unloaded in attack in search of the amount that sent Villarreal into lengthening and, on the contrary, did not forgive the guests.
Including a quarter-final loss to Ajax in 2019, the route was Juventus’ fourth consecutive relegation since the first leg of its own. Juventus’ most significant wins in the UEFA club competition were a 7-0 win over Laikia Gdansk in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup 1983-84, and a victory over Valour and Victory over Olympiacos in the 2003-04 UEFA Champions League. Juventus Football Club first played in the European Football Federation (UEFA) in 1958.
As Villarreal has passed this test against Juventus, will they be able to go head to head with other teams in the coming stages of the tournament? Villarreal has played some excellent football under their manager Unai Emery, as they also won the Europa League last season, defeating Manchester United in the finals. After beating Juventus in their backyard, Villarreal has made a strong statement in the tournament. With the likes of City, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Chelsea, it will be a comparatively tough ask for Villarreal to beat such top teams. With Unai Emery at the driving seat, Villarreal will give a solid competition for any team they meet in the quarterfinal of UCL.