Brilliant Buffon denies Lyon
LYON, France (AP):
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon shrugged off recent uncharacteristic errors with an outstanding performance yesterday to help 10-man Juventus win 1-0 at Lyon in the Champions League.
Colombia midfielder Juan Cuadrado scored the winner in the 76th minute after cutting in down the right, beating full back Jeremy Morel and launching an unstoppable shot into the near top corner from the tightest of angles.
The win kept Juventus top of Group H with seven points, ahead of Sevilla which won 1-0 at Dinamo Zagreb on goal difference.
But the hard work had been done by Buffon, especially after midfielder Mario Lemina's sending off in the 54th.
"It was very important not to lose with 10 against 11 but we managed to win, so it's a great joy," Buffon said through a translator on beIN SPORTS television. "We suffered a lot and in the end we had a bit of luck as well. In these games it comes down to the smallest details."
Buffon was mobbed by his teammates and then by fans as he celebrated the win.
"We knew it would be very difficult to play for 35 minutes with a player less, so we had to go for it," said Buffon, who played down his performance with typical modesty. "I'm very happy to have helped my teammates and I'm pleased my performance brings joy to the fans."
The 38-year-old Italian goalkeeper has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in the past two games, after a terrible mistake for Italy against Spain in a World Cup qualifier followed by another sloppy error against Udinese in Serie A last weekend.