Kwadwo Asamoah hails strong second-half display from Juventus after Lyon triumph in Europa League

Kwadwo Asamoah in action against Lyon on Thursday night in the Europa League

Kwadwo Asamoah in action against Lyon on Thursday night in the Europa League. Photograph: Uefa.com

By  Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah says Juventus had to lift up their performance in the second-half to beat French side Olympique Lyon in the Uefa Europa League Cup.

The Bianconeris had to be patient before securing a 1-0 first-leg victory at Olympique Lyonnais, defender Leonardo Bonucci ultimately ending the home side’s resistance in a tense UEFA Europa League quarter-final joust.

Juventus made a series of incursions in both halves but were unable to take the lead with the Black Stars midfielder having his attempted effort at goal deflecting a Lyonnais defender to go wide.

But four before full-time, the Italians took a vital lead with Bonucci lashing a shot high into the net after OL had failed to clear a corner.

And, Asamoah who lasted the entire duration of the game has hailed his side’s performance in the second half.

“In the second-half we did well but during the first-half we were slow in the game and didn’t move a lot,” he told Sky Sports.

Asamoah will be playing before home fans should Juventus get to the final of the competition as it will be hosted at the Juventus Arena.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Edem - Toronto says:

    KASA looked good in the match playing the Left wing back role, lots of running for him and lots of space to move up and down the pitch. Hopefully he doesn’t pick up any knocks before June as he will be vital for our cause.