Juventus fall to shock defeat in another Emery European masterclass

The defeat condemned Juve to their third consecutive exit at the round-of-16 stage and came as a huge surprise following a 1-1 draw in Spain last month.

Juve dominated the first half and were unfortunate not to go into the break in front after Dusan Vlahovic’s brilliant flicked effort came back off the crossbar, but they could not keep up the pressure in the second period.

Villarreal were content to sit back and wait for their moment, which came in the 78th minute after the visitors were awarded a penalty following a VAR review, with substitute Gerard Moreno, who had only just come on, squeezing the spot kick home.

Juve threw on Argentine striker Paulo Dybala as they looked to level the tie, but goals down the other end from defender Pau Torres and another penalty, this time converted by Arnaut Danjuma, completed a famous win for Unai Emery’s team.

It is the first time Emery has progressed from a tie in the knockout stages of the Champions League, while Villarreal had not qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition since 2008-09.

“I actually missed the last penalty I took in a game, but everyone had my back and I knew I was going to score,” Moreno said.

“Once we got ahead we were more comfortable. We showed that we are always able to compete with the best at the highest level, whoever is on the pitch.”

Juventus came into the last 16 having also enjoyed an impressive group-stage campaign where they finished top ahead of the current holders Chelsea.

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