UEFA Champions League: Juventus suffer shock defeat to Maccabi Haifa
Juventus face a tough task if they are to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League after suffering a shock loss away to Maccabi Haifa.
Omer Atzili scored two first-half goals for the Israeli side to leave Juventus third in Group H with two games left.
Atzili’s first came after only seven minutes when Pierre Cornud’s cross bounced off Atzili’s back and crept in.
The second saw Atzili fire a shot into the top corner after a bright run and pass by team-mate Frantzdy Pierrot.
Juventus only have three points from their four matches, after they had beaten Maccabi Haifa 3-1 at the Allianz Stadium last week.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side now have to win at Benfica on 25 October and at home to Paris St-Germain on 2 November to have any chance of making the last 16.
PSG and Benfica, who are level on seven points, meet in Paris.
For Maccabi Haifa, this was their first Champions League group-stage victory since a 3-0 triumph over Manchester United in October 2002.
Two-time European champions Juventus are also struggling domestically after a 2-0 loss to AC Milan on Saturday left them eighth in Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Napoli.