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Juventus have been knocked out of the last-16 in Europe for the third straight year after three late goals for Villarreal saw them advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008-09.

Villarreal’s first shot on target came in the 78th minute after substitute Gerard Moreno converted a penalty after Daniele Rugani brought down Francis Coquelin in the penalty area.

Defender Pau Torres increased the lead from six yards after Juventus’ shortcomings from a set-piece.

Arnaut Danjuma dispatched another penalty to make it 3-0 after Matthijs De Ligt handled the winger’s effort.

The resounding victory sees Villarreal reach the last eight of the competition for only the third time in their history.

Following the thrilling 1-1 draw in Spain, Juventus were expected to advance, and it certainly looked that way in the first half at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus’ Dusan Vlahovic looked to continue his first leg’s heroics after hitting the crossbar from Mattia De Sciglio’s cross which Villarreal goalkeeper Gero Rulli knew nothing about, also denied him twice.

Former Arsenal and PSG manager Unai Emery had to keep his team disciplined in defence, with most players in their half in the second half.

However, in one of the few attacks, it led to substitute Coquelin being fouled by Rugani. Referee Szymon Marciniak awarded the penalty after a VAR check.

Moreno, who had just been on the field for four minutes, held his cool and put his team ahead, even though the Juve goalkeeper got both hands on the ball but could not keep it out.

Before this, Juventus had suffered consecutive last-16 exits, falling to Lyon and Porto, respectively. The next ten minutes saw The Old Lady unravel.

Horrific defending from a corner saw Spanish International Pau Torres double Villarreal’s lead before former Bournemouth striker Danjuma’s penalty kick in injury time added further misery.

During his post-match press conference, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted Le Zebre’s season has not been disastrous despite this humiliating exit.

“I knew that people would talk about a failure in case of elimination, but that’s intellectual dishonesty. I know the value of team,” he said.

“The season is ongoing, we have targets to reach. We are disappointed and we’ll make our assessments to improve the team. We do that every year. We also need to be realists. There are ten teams in Europe superior to Juventus. It’s no shame, it’s a fact.”

On the contrary, Emery retains Villarreal beat ‘one of the favourites’ and is hungry for more Champions League success.

“I am in love with the Europa League, but now I want to enjoy the Champions League. All the past experiences helped, they are in the locker. It was important to see today if and how we could eliminate one of the favourites for the competition. It was a special moment and we want to enjoy it,” he said.

“The team knows that in order to do more extraordinary things, they have to study and work harder.”

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May 2022