Juventus on the brink of relegation after defeat in Haifa

Juventus on the brink of relegation after defeat in Haifa

HAIFA, Israel (AP) — Juventus slipped further into crisis and remained on the brink of Champions League exit after a 2-0 loss at Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday that included an injury to key winger Angel Di Maria. Being included.

Omar Etzli scored twice in the first half as Haifa secured their first Champions League win in two decades.

Juventus finished third in Group H with two games to play.

Paris Saint-Germain, who later hosted Benfica, lead the group with seven points, followed by Benfica (also 7), Juventus (3) and Haifa (3).

It is the first time Juventus – two-time European champions – have lost three of their first four group games.

“Unfortunately, these things happen in football,” said Juventus winger Juan Cuadrado. “We must try to turn the page as soon as possible… We can only get out of this situation if we are united.”

Juventus are also struggling in Serie A and lost 2-0 to AC Milan on Saturday, leaving the Bianconi in eighth place with just three wins in nine matches.

Still, Juventus CEO Maurizio Arivaben said ahead of the game in Haifa that the club had “full confidence” in coach Massimiliano Allegri.

“Coach is doing everything for us to come back,” Cuadrado said at the final whistle. “We are all a team and it is the fault of those of us who are on the field. We have to give a lot, starting with the experienced players. We have to believe in ourselves as a team and as a family. We We have come out of many difficult situations before and this is an opportunity to do it again.

An early exit from the Champions League would be particularly painful for Juventus’ finances after the club’s recent losing record.

Juventus were eliminated by Villarreal in the first knockout round of the Champions League last season.

It was Haifa’s first Champions League win since beating Manchester United 3-0 in 2002.

Utzli put Haifa ahead seven minutes from time when he used his back to deflect a cross from the center of the area amid a throng of defenders. His second accurate shot was into the near corner after hitting the other side of the net.

Tjaronn Chery also hit the crossbar in a first-half attack from Haifa.

Things then went from bad to worse for Juve when Di Maria grabbed the back of his right leg – prompting the Argentina international’s immediate exit.

Di Maria provided all three assists as Juventus beat Haifa 3-1 last week.

Juventus were beaten 2-1 by PSG and Benfica in their first two matches.

Apart from Holland, the 10th Man City is held by FC Copenhagen

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Manchester City’s juggernaut arena was halted on Tuesday in precarious quarters.

FC Copenhagen, a side in the top half of the Danish league, became the first team to stop City from scoring this season as their Champions League group game was played to a 0-0 draw overshadowed by early video review decisions. It ended in a draw.

One of those VAR calls resulted in a red card for City in the 30th minute when Sergio Gomes was the last man to pull back Haakon Arnar Haraldsson and hurt the visitors at Parkin’s atmospheric stadium.

Earlier, City midfielder Rodri had a stunning long-range strike disallowed when VAR spotted a handball by Riyad Mahrez in the build-up.

Then, following another review, City were awarded a penalty after a free kick in the area hit Copenhagen defender Nikolaj Boelsen wide. Mahrez, who was increasingly confident from the spot, had his effort parried away by Kamil Grabara.

Iconic striker Erling Haaland started the game on the bench _ perhaps ahead of Sunday’s Premier League trip to Liverpool _ and did not come on.

City manager Pep Guardiola said Holland, who has scored 20 goals in 12 competitive games in his first season with the English champions, was not in good form after playing against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday. .

Guardiola said about Holland: “Yesterday was not good, today is a bit good but not perfect, so we decided not to risk it.

City, who have won their first three Group G games, will book a place in the last 16 with a win. That could still happen if Borussia Dortmund lose at home to Sevilla later on Tuesday.

It was only the second time City had drawn 0-0 in the Champions League group stage.

We started really well with 11, then we had an hour and 10 minutes to hang on,'' Guardiola said.When we had the ball we were smart. That’s a good point.”

It was last-placed Copenhagen’s second point in group play, keeping alive their chances of a third-place finish and a place in the Europa League knockout stages.

It was another tough game against one of the best teams in the world,'' Copenhagen midfielder Marko Stamenic said.I think we can leave the stadium proud of ourselves and our team. We fought until the last moment.”

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