In the first leg, the tie 1-1 it had given hope to the French, but the ‘Vecchia Signora’ imposed its hierarchy and the weight of its history.
say mary He was in charge of diluting the illusions of Nantes and he did it in just twenty minutes of the game: the world champion with Argentina opened the scoring in minute 5 and extended the account in minute 20 by transforming a penal.
The third goal for ‘Juve’ also carried his signature, with a header, already in the second half (78′).
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“When you have a world champion like Di María, that makes the whole team grow. You have to take advantage of it because he is an extraordinary champion ”, celebrated the Juventus coach, Massimiliano Allegri.
The game had really been very decided on the side of Juventus when in the 18th minute it was expelled Nicolas Palloiswhich left Nantes outnumbered for much of the duel.
Juventus went on to play in the Europa League after starting the season in the Champions League, where they were third in their group, surpassed by Benfica and Paris Saint-Germain. Thus, he did not get a pass to the round of 16 in the top continental competition and was relegated to play this ‘playoff’ to try to access the round of 16 of the Europa League, which he did achieve this Thursday.
“It is never easy to play in a European competition. After our elimination in the Champions League, some might think that Juventus will have a triumphant ride to win the Europa League, but it’s not that simple,” Allegri warned.
The entrance A ‘hat-trick’ from Di María gives Juve the classification was first published on newspaper TODAY.