Juventus have not won the Champions League since 1996 and it has become the holy grail for a club for whom domestic titles are now simply mundane.
Cristiano Ronaldo and company must have been quietly pleased when the draw handed them Lyon in the last-16, but they found the French side a tough prospect in this first leg and now have to do things the hard way in Turin on March 17th.
The French side defended stoutly, their three centre halves compressing the play throughout, and although Juventus enjoyed most of the ball and the chances, Lyon were clinical when it mattered.
Lyon had just two shots on target in the 90 minutes, but one of them found the net as Lucas Tousart’s left shin delivered the ball past Juve keeper Wojciech Szczęsny from Houssem Aouar’s cross.
Juve were temporarily playing with ten as Mathias De Ligt was getting treatment for a bang on the head.
Overall, Juventus had 15 attempts but only one of them was on target. Ronaldo was not quite at his lethal best, switching from left wing to the centre after half time, but still not quite able to find genuine scoring opportunities.
Paulo Dybala went close for Juve with a volley, substitute Gonzalo Higuain wasted a couple of chances and Dybala had a goal correctly ruled out for offside as Lyon held firm.
Lyon had never beaten Juventus before tonight and, while the Italian giants will be a formidable prospect in the second leg, Rudi Garcia and his players have given themselves every chance of a glorious last-16 upset.