Juventus suffered some of the embarrassing defeats of their historical past on Tuesday night, shedding 2-0 to Maccabi Haifa within the UEFA Champions League.
A primary half brace from Omer Atzili was sufficient for Haifa on the night time as they condemned Juve to a 3rd Champions League defeat in 4 video games this season.
The house facet virtually broke the impasse contained in the opening 5 minutes, with Pierre Cornud discovering Tjaronn Chery within the six-yard field with an incredible cross from the left flank. Wojciech Szczesny was readily available to save lots of Chery’s subsequent header on purpose nonetheless.
Three minutes later Maccabi Haifa bought their purpose through a Cornud cross. The complete-back as soon as once more looped a lethal ball into the field, which Omer Atzili rose highest to get his head on and direct into the underside nook of the web.
It was so almost two shortly after as Chery cannoned an excellent free-kick off of the crossbar from simply outdoors the penalty space, earlier than Atzili was denied by a save from Szczesny who tipped a curling effort simply huge of the put up.
Issues went (someway) from dangerous to worse for Juventus when the one participant who seemed remotely able to passing the ball to Dusan Vlahovic – Angel Di Maria – hobbled off with a muscle damage.
Whereas Juve continued to battle after Di Maria’s substitution, Haifa continued to pile on the strain within the offensive third, as Atzili got here shut to creating 2-0 with an audacious overhead kick which flew simply huge.
Within the forty second minute, Haifa lastly doubled their lead by way of excellent Atzili. The suitable ahead latched on the ball on the correct of the penalty space and rifled again Szczesny and into the highest proper nook of the web.
That purpose work the guests up a bit, as Dusan Vlahovic noticed an incredible header nicely saved by Josh Cohen earlier than Arkadiusz Milik noticed his rebounded effort blocked by a defender.
Just a few modifications at half-time did invigorate La Vecchia Signora barely, however regardless of the guests having extra of the ball, they nonetheless did not create something of be aware.
GK – Wojciech Szczesny – 2/10 – Acquired his hand on each first half targets, however could not actually do way more.
RB – Danilo – 1/10 – Ran ragged on the correct flank. Each likelihood the house facet created got here from his facet – which is not good.
CB – Leonardo Bonucci – 1/10 – He simply seems nowhere the participant he as soon as was.
CB – Daniele Rugani – 0/10 – It’s odd that he is nonetheless even at Juventus. It is not odd that he did not play nicely.
LB – Alex Sandro – 0/10 – When was the final time he performed nicely? God solely is aware of.
RM – Juan Cuadrado – 1/10 – Did not even attempt to assist Danilo on the correct facet. Horrible.
CM – Leandro Paredes – 0/10 – File Paredes below ‘pointless signings of bang common centre midfielder’ at Juventus HQ. Taken off at half-time.
CM – Adrien Rabiot – 1/10 – Stood nonetheless and watched whereas Atzili ran in unmarked to move house the opener. A really Rabiot efficiency from Rabiot.
LM – Weston McKennie – 0/10 – A very hopeless efficiency. Subbed off at half-time as a result of, yeah, he is dangerous.
ST – Angel Di Maria – N/A – Subbed off with an damage within the first half.
ST – Dusan Vlahovic – 1/10 – Simply doesn’t get any service on this Juventus workforce. Whisper it: he ought to’ve signed for Arsenal.
SUB – Arkadiusz Milik – 0/10 – Got here on, missed an opportunity, did nothing else. Enjoyable.
SUB – Filip Kostic – 0/10 – He supply from the left flank was fairly dreadful.
SUB – Manuel Locatelli – 0/10 – A shell of the participant he was two years in the past.
SUB – Moise Kean – 1/10 – Ran round a bit. That was the peak of it.
SUB – Matia Soule – 2/10 – Put in a little bit of a shift when he got here on which is much more than you possibly can about different Juve gamers.