Juventus Give Late Penalty To Departing Stephan Lichtsteiner, He Sees His Effort Saved

It would have been the perfect way to bow out but it just wasn't to be for Stephan Lichsteiner. The Swiss defender is leaving Juventus after seven years and after the Bianconeri were awarded a penalty late on in his final game, his teammates allocated the spot-kick to him.

Mario Mandzukic's header struck the hand of Enrico Bearzotti inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot, even though it looked harsh.

Right-back Lichtsteiner stepped up in the 84th minute and looked to sign off his stint in Turin, but his effort from 12 yards proved just why he's normally where near penalty-taking duties as Hellas Verona's Andrade Nicholas made a fairly routine stop to deny him.

While it was disappointing for the 34-year old, like the legendary Gianluigi Buffon a few minutes before him, he was treated to a wonderful standing ovation as he left the pitch as a Juventus player for the final time.

Lichtsteiner won seven Scudettos in a row with 'The Old Lady', not to mention four Coppa Italias. He will now embark on a new chapter in his career, with talk that he could be heading to the Bundesliga with Borussia Dortmund.

Josh Lawless

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