Juventus bowed out of the Champions League in humiliating fashion as they collapsed to a 3-0 defeat against Villarreal on Wednesday night.
The Bianconeri had the better of the first half, spurning several golden opportunities before Unai Emery opted to cede total control after the break and contain the one-paced hosts. Juventus were woeful against Villarreal’s low block, lacking any invention, and they were dealt a sucker-punch with 15 minutes remaining when a poor challenge from Daniele Rugani culminated in a penalty.
The returning Gerard Moreno converted from the spot and that set the stage for a complete capitulation. Pau Torres doubled the visitors’ lead from a set-piece before Arnaut Danjuma scored Villarreal’s third from the spot.
It was another dark day in Europe for Juventus, and here are their player ratings.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Wojciech Szczesny (GK) – 4.5/10 – Wasn’t tested at all before he had the chance to deny Moreno from the spot and he probably should’ve kept the penalty out. There was nothing he could do to deny Torres, while Danjuma sent him the wrong way for the third.
Danilo (RB) – 5/10 – Not his greatest hour. He was beaten in transition for Villarreal’s third and Pervis Estupinan caused him a few issues in the first half. However, he offered some dynamism in possession.
Daniele Rugani (CB) – 4/10 – Poor Daniele. He’ll get the brunt of the criticism for giving away the all-important penalty on Francis Coquelin following a mistimed challenge. The Italian had been fine up to that point, pretty excellent in fact. A big shame.
Matthijs de Ligt (CB) – 5.5/10 – I mean, the game and tie were over by the time his handball handed Villarreal the chance to triple their advantage. De Ligt had defended the box well in the first half and wasn’t culpable for Juve’s initial collapse.
Mattia De Sciglio (LB) – 6/10 – Probably Juve’s ‘best’ performer on the night. Kept Yeremy Pino quiet for the most part while serving as a reliable outlet down the left.