Champions League | Maccabi Haifa 2-0 Juventus: Embarrassing Bianconeri

Juventus were humiliated 2-0 by Maccabi Haifa in Israel, lost Angel Di Maria to another injury, their Champions League campaign is in tatters and Max Allegri has nowhere left to hide.

The Bianconeri were back in crisis mode after Saturday’s 2-0 Serie A defeat to Milan, already trailing joint group leaders PSG and Benfica by four points, making this a must-win game in Israel. Angel Di Maria was suspended domestically, but returned here, with Arkadiusz Milik not fully fit, Mattia De Sciglio, Federico Chiesa and Kaio Jorge injured. Maccabi Haifa missed Suf Podgoreanu, Yosef Raz Meir, Dolev Haziza and Mahmoud Jaber.

The hosts had the first chance, Frantzy Pierrot’s header parried by Wojciech Szczesny from six yards, and after repeated crosses came in from the left flank, one of them found the head of Omer Atzili, Szczesny unable to flap it off the line at the far bottom corner.

It was almost 2-0 on 12 minutes, as Chery curled a free kick over the wall and off the top of the crossbar, then Szczesny was at full stretch to fingertip the Atzili curler round the far post.

Things got even worse for Juventus, because Angel Di Maria was running after a pass when he suddenly stopped and pulled up clutching the back of his right thigh, limping off to be replaced by Arkadiusz Milik.

Atzili’s volley flashed just wide from yet another cross coming from the left, and Atzili doubled both his tally and Maccabi Haifa’s lead with a wonderful goal.

He gathered down the right side of the penalty area and feinted a curler to the far top corner, but instead smashed it with ferocity into the near top corner, surprising Alex Sandro and Szczesny.

Juventus finally created a chance on the stroke of half-time, Dusan Vlahovic’s header from a Juan Cuadrado cross palmed away and Milik unable to tap in the rebound.

They introduced Manuel Locatelli and Filip Kostic after the restart, raising the intensity at least, Daniele Rugani’s header fingertipped out of the top corner.

Juan Cuadrado had a very strong penalty appeal waved away and ignored by VAR, as he seemed to be barged over in the box by Cornud.

Cuadrado was their most effective player and had an angled drive parried, while Milik’s long-range strike was smothered.

Maccabi Haifa 2-0 Juventus

Atzili 7, 42 (M)

20 Comments on “Champions League | Maccabi Haifa 2-0 Juventus: Embarrassing Bianconeri”

  1. PhD Max has truly cemented himself as the Rolls Royce Phantom of ghosting it calcio. Another record and another botched CL mission for the 7/9

  2. beaten by goat herders after being beaten by Serie A first timers…u still wanna defend your master @Gigi and other Slowlegri fan boys?

  3. He strikes again. Got to tip your hat to LA who seems to have a crystal ball always predicting it right most of the time.

  4. Allegri, Sandro, Rugani, Rabiot, Danilo out. Give the youngsters more chances.

    Destroy and rebuild. Long term plan, we can wait.

  5. I hope we lose every game get relegated so we can have attaching team in 2nd division, yay, maybe score more then a goal per game

  6. You can’t win tackles when u bring in Slowredes, let go of Rovella and Zakaria, and not start Bremer in a must win game ? Also, why not PERIN instead of that pole ? Whose fault is that ? Whose decision was to sign Kostic who can’t get a cross in or beat player 1:1 and not go for Kavara or Mudryk ? Slowredes + Kostic is 40M down the drain..yes , we are obligated to sign the former…smh..Whose decision was to extend the contract of his errand boy DeSciglio and keep Sandro ?

  7. Bush league team defeats another bush league team. Gump I am waiting. Come out to play.

  8. Money is not enough.where is the soul? What a shame to lose to maccabi Haifa it’s budget is 5% with compare to other teams

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