Juventus conquered the Stade de Gerland in their first ever official match there last night, a Leonardo Bonucci winner rising out from what the statistics show was otherwise a balanced affair in the Europa League quarter-final first leg.
It was 10 shots apiece in France overall, but while the Bianconeri tested opposition goalkeeper Anthony Lopes three times, Remi Garde’s men were allowed just one shot on target; the lowest number the Bianconeri have conceded in any of their Europa League games so far this season.
Juve have now kept a clean sheet in four of their five Europa League games this year, and a key factor this time around was another sturdy performance from the Martin Caceres-Bonucci-Giorgio Chiellini defensive trio who continue to impress despite having no chance to rest due to injuries.
They made 12 interceptions compared to Lyon’s nine, and 22 tackles to the opposition’s 10, recording a 68.2 per cent tackle success rate overall.
Elsewhere, the Bianconeri also edged the midfield battle, gaining hold of 55.1 per cent of the possession and making 100 more passes than the French hosts.
As well as blasting home the winner with an unstoppable shot up and over his marker into the roof of the net, Bonucci was also an important source of momentum from the back: the 26-year-old made 103 passes, 45 more than any other player on the field.