Europa League: Juventus shows struggling Freiburgers the limits

Status: 03/16/2023 10:00 p.m

From the dream of the quarterfinals. SC Freiburg also lost to Juventus in the second leg.

A committed performance was not enough for SC Freiburg to win against Juventus Turin. Because Juve striker Dusan Vlahovic (45th, penalty) and Federico Chiesa (90th + 5) sealed the 0:2 defeat of the bravely fighting Breisgauer, who had to play the entire second half outnumbered.

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This is the final stop for SC Freiburg in the round of 16 of the Europa League. “We did everything we could to keep going,” said Freiburg striker Michael Gregoritsch in an interview with SWR Sport. “If you go 1-0 down and play like that with a man down, then we can look in the mirror today.”

SC Freiburg aggressive and with strong standards

Because SC Freiburg immediately tried to disrupt Juventus with aggressive pressing as soon as the ball was accepted. However, the Italians didn’t seem very impressed and were able to skilfully break away from the pressing again and again – without becoming dangerous. The sports club was also rarely able to stage itself against the Turin defense. However, apart from a mini-chance from Ritsu Doan (5th), nothing came of it.

However, Freiburg can also rely on their own strength with standards in the Europa League. After Juve keeper Wojciech Szczesny was only able to fend off the ball after a shot by Lukas Höler, Christian Günter crossed to Matthias Ginter. Szczesny could only five his header. But Bremer threw himself in between Michael Gregoritsch’s margin at the last moment (22′).

SC Freiburg has to run after a deficit when outnumbered

Five minutes later, the Brazilian defender shone in the Freiburg penalty area. After a free-kick cross from the half field, Bremer was correct, but headed the ball to the crossbar. Freiburg could not clarify, the ball came to Dusan Vlahovic. And the 80-million man from Belgrade shot the ball into the Freiburg goal for Turin – everyone thought. However, the video assistant drew the Dutch referee Serdar Gözübüyük’s attention to the fact that Bremer and Vlahovic were offside (27′).

It did happen a few minutes later: Manuel Gulde was just able to block Federico Gatti’s shot with a daring tackle (41′). But referee Gözübüyük saw on the screen that Gulde fended off the ball with his hand. The result: yellow-red for the already warned Gulde and penalty for Juventus Turin. Vlahovic humorlessly threw the ball in the middle, keeper Mark Flekken was still there but couldn’t prevent the goal (45′). “Bitter,” said SC captain Christian Günter because Gulde was shot at close range.

SC Freiburg turns up again after the break

It was the sticking point in a game in which Freiburg showed that they can definitely keep up with a top European team if they play well. “I think we offered more than paroli,” said Günter. “We were extreme in the duels and created chances. It was just a touch away that we took the lead.” So the Sport-Club had to continue the race to catch up in the second half with ten men.

But Freiburg did not give up. Gregoritsch tried a free kick from about 23 meters. However, just missed his target (49th). Then Szczesny had to scrape Ginter’s shot off the line (57′). Juventus then calmed down the game, gave the ball and the field to the Breisgauers and limited themselves to managing the – in the sum of the first and second leg – quite comfortable lead. Freiburg bit the teeth at the Turin defense. Substitute Federico Chiesa hit the crossbar in added time and then made it 2-0 (90+5).

Fans celebrate SC Freiburg’s strong Europa League season

The defeat was okay overall, because Juventus Turin was the more mature and therefore more efficient team in both games. Nevertheless, SC Freiburg put up a great fight against the Italians. It was a worthy end to a strong Europa League season in Breisgau, in which the Freiburg audience also played a large part. “Goose bumps,” said Christian Günter happily. “In Turin, the whole season – but today was extraordinary.” Gregoritsch also joined in the hymn of praise: “We don’t need to hide from anyone with our fans,” said the 28-year-old Austrian. “The way 35,000 people stopped after the game and celebrated us – that’s very emotional and very, very nice. And we definitely want to continue to step on the gas this season so that we can experience next season again.”

SC Freiburg – Juventus 0: 2 (0: 1)

Freiburg: Flekken – Kübler, Ginter, Gulde – Sildillia, M. Eggestein (46. K. Schmidt), Höfler, Günter (74. Weißhaupt) – Doan (62. Sallai), Höler (62. Grifo) – Gregoritsch (74. Petersen)
Torino: Szczesny – Danilo, Bremer, Gatti – Ju. Cuadrado (84th De Sciglio), Locatelli (84th Barrenechea), Fagioli, Rabiot, Kostic (70th Iling-Junior) – Kean (90th+1 Soulé), Vlahovic (70th Chiesa)
Referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk (Netherlands)
Viewers: 33,420
Gates: 0: 1 Vlahovic (45./penalty), 0: 2 Chiesa (90.+5)
Yellow-Red Cards: Guilder (44./Handspiel)