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Monday, 17 December, 2018

Italian champions Juventus face mission impossible

No way back from thrashing in Turin

Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain
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Max Allegri.

How they qualified
Juve were always on the back foot after a heavy opening-night defeat in Barcelona and no side scored fewer goals than their tally of seven. Late strikes in both key games against Sporting decided qualification. 

Results and fixtures

Serie A standings

Transfer action
There have been no new arrivals for Juve, who brought Stephan Lichtsteiner back into their Champions League squad at the expense of injured centre-back Benedikt Howedes.

Last-16 first leg 
Juventus 2 Tottenham 2 
Juve went 2-0 up in the first ten minutes but spent much of the game on the back foot as Spurs fought their way back. Gonzalo Higuain scored two but missed a penalty to put Juve 3-1 up. 

Last-16 second leg 
Tottenham 1 Juventus 2
Spurs were 1-0 up and cruising and looked to be going through for an hour, but two goals in three minutes from Juve's Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala turned the tie on its head. 

Quarter-final first leg 
Juventus 0 Real Madrid 3 
Cristiano Ronaldo had already scored twice - including one of the best overhead kicks ever seen - before Juve star Paulo Dybala was sent off. Marcelo added a third for Real to give the Italians a seemingly impossible mountain to climb at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Old Lady usually find a way to win, but 3-0 down heading to Real Madrid is a very bad situation.

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The Old Lady usually find a way to win, but 3-0 down heading to Real Madrid is a very bad situation
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