In recent years, Juventus have been the team to beat in Serie A. They have fallen short on occasions in Europe, but they still qualify as a top European side. Having dominated the Serie A for 8 years straight, there is hardly any flaws you can pinpoint for the Old Lady. Yet, we have a look at 10 losses that shaped the destiny of Juve as a club.
10. Juventus 0 – 1 Real Madrid, 1998 UEFA Champions League Final
Mijatovic scored the deciding goal for Jupp Heynekes’ Real Madris as Juventus slumped to a Champions League Final defeat for the second year running after being beaten by Dortmund a year ago.
The Juve team consisting of the likes of Del Piero, Zidane and Ingazhi failed to make any inroads as Real lifted the trophy for the first time in 30 years.
9. Juventus 0 – 1 Ajax, 1973 European Cup Final
Juventus fell to the brilliance of Dutch playmaker Johan Cryuff‘s Ajax team in the 1973 European Cup Final as a goal from Rep in the 5th minute of the match meant Kovacs’ side walked away with the biggest prize of European football.
Juve were no match for the brilliance of Ajax who played a high line and compact defense to break Juve’s paly time and again.
8. Juventus 0 – 1 Hamburg, 1983 European Cup Final
Felix Magath of German side Hamburg scored a screamer from distance as Juve lost yet another European Final by a single goal to nil in 1983.
The defeat shattered Juve’s dreams of claiming the prized trophy after their Cup Winners’ Cup victory a few years back.
7. Juventus 1 – 3 Borussia Dortmund, 1997 UEFA Champions League Final
Juve met Dortmund in the Final of the Champions League in 1997 clearly as favourites, boasting the likes of Zidane, Deschamps and Vieri in their ranks and with Marcelo Lippi as the head coach.
However, surprise unfolded as twin strikes from Karl-Heinz Riedle gave Dortmund a two goal cushion and even with Del Piero scoring for Juve, Ricken’s goal was enough to give the Germans victory at the Olympiastadion in Munich.
6. Atlético Madrid 2 -0 Juventus, 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Round of 16
After Griezmann and Costa missed sitters, defenders Godin and Jimenez scored at the Estadio Vicente Calderon to give Atlético a two goal advantage in a critical Champions League Round of 16 tie of the Champions League.
The Juve team failed to turn up as a whole and it took magic from Cristiano Ronaldo, a hat trick to turn over the deficit in Turin.
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5. Juventus 1 – 2 Ajax, 2018-19 UEFA Champions League QuarterFinals 2nd Leg
Donny van de Beek and 19 year old Ajax skipper Matthjis de Ligt scored as Ajax continued their magical run in the Champions League to establish themselves as giant killers, having already ousted Real Madrid from the tournament.
Ironically, this summer, de Ligt chose to join Juventus from Ajax.
4. AC Milan 8 – 1 Juventus, 1911-12 Italian Football Championship
A game that has not been even recorded as to who the goalscorers were, AC Milan defeated arch-rivals Juventus 8-1 in a humiliating display at San Siro, Milan.
The Italian giants were still finding their feet in Italian football and hailed from two football crazy parts of the nation.
AC Milan’s thumping of Juve is still the highest recorded victory between the two clubs in League outings and goes a long way in establishing the history and tasty rivalry that the two clubs share.
3. Juventus 0 – 1 AC Milan, 2010-11 Serie A
Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the show as AC Milan won a crucial Serie A tie over Juventus at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
AC Milan were the last team to win the Serie A before Juve won it for 8 years straight and this was also the last time Juve looked hapless against an Italian opposition. The goal came from midfielder Gatusso, while Zlatan provided the assists for the Rossinerri.
2. Juventus 1 – 3 FC Barcelona, 2015 UEFA Champions League Final
Lionel Messi‘s FC Barcelona stole the show as Barca completed their treble under Luis Enrique by defeating Allegri’s Juventus 3-1.
1. Juventus 1 – 4 Real Madrid, 2017 Champions League Final
Two years after being ripped apart by Barca in the Champions League Final, Juve were taken to the cleaners this time by another Spanish side Real Madrid in the Champions League Final in Cardiff in 2017.
This was Real’s second of three straight continental trophies as CR7 scored two and set up 1 to star for Real.