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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 3 talking points from Group H's final day matches (Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys)

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:23 IST

Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo could not save his side from a surprising defeat

The Match Day 6 action in the UEFA Champions League 2018-19 season saw the battle for top spot in Group H with Juventus taking on Young Boys while Manchester United faced off against Valencia at the Mestalla. United were hoping for an unlikely Young Boys victory over Juventus to try and grab the first place in the group with a win over Valencia.

Meanwhile, Valencia were already assured of a Europa League spot and were looking to prove a point against the already qualified Manchester United.

Let's look at the 3 major talking points from Match Day 6 of the UEFA Champions League Group H matches:

#1 Juventus top Group despite shock loss to Young Boys

Juventus, the Serie A defending champions, suffered a shock defeat away to Swiss side Young Boys in their final Champions League Group H fixture. Massimiliano Allegri's side needed a victory in order to ensure first place finish in a tough group if Manchester United were to beat Valencia.

But Guillaume Hoarau destroyed any such plans as Young Boys took the lead in the first half from a penalty. Hoarau added another in the 68th minute to consolidate Young Boys' lead and reach his 100th goal for his club.

Paolo Dybala pulled one back for Juve through a spectacular goal but any hopes of a last-minute comeback were denied when Ronaldo's effort was disallowed in the second half stoppage time.

UEFA Champions League Group H
UEFA Champions League Group H

Despite finishing first in their Champions League group and being well above and clear of Serie A rivals in the domestic leagues, the losses against United and Young Boys does not bode well for a side aiming to achieve it all this season.

"We achieved our objective by winning the group, even on a night where everything seemed to go wrong," Allegri told Rai Sport about Juventus' UCL campaign.

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