HT: Buffon saves Lyon spot-kick

HT: Buffon saves Lyon spot-kick

Gigi Buffon saved Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty, as Juventus ran a huge risk despite dominating possession in Lyon. Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG. The Bianconeri were joint top of the group alongside Sevilla, just one point in front of Lyon. Max Allegri missed Giorgio Chiellini, Mario Mandzukic, Daniele Rugani, Claudio Marchisio and Kwadwo Asamoah, but surprisingly picked Patrice Evra in a mobile 3-5-2 system and Mario Lemina as the playmaker. Lyon had to do without Clement Grenier, Christophe Jallet, Maciej Rybus and ill Emanuel Mammana, while Aldo Kalulu sat out a ban. Alexandre Lacazette had his first start five weeks after a thigh strain. Miralem Pjanic sprung the offside trap, but couldn’t get on the end of the inspired Leonardo Bonucci long ball due to a touch from ex-Roma defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. On the resulting corner, Bonucci’s shot was charged down by teammate Sami Khedira. Juve dominated possession from the start, as Lyon seemed content to play on the counter. Gonzalo Higuain ran on to an Alex Sandro through ball and flashed his finish across the face of goal, finding the fingertips of Anthony Lopes. For all the domination, the Italians created few genuine chances and risked going behind when Bonucci foolishly dragged down Mouctar Diakhaby on a corner. Lacazette stepped up, but saw his penalty palmed off the line by Gigi Buffon, who dived to his left for a crucial save. Higuain got a surprising amount of power to his header on the Dani Alves cross, forcing Lopes to slap it round the near post.…

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