Watch: Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. stare at Champions League last-16 exit as Porto stun Juventus


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Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Porto’s Sergio Oliviera vie for the ball in Porto on Wednesday evening.

Porto scored at first of every half to beat Juventus 2-1 within the first leg of the spherical of 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mehdi Taremi gave Porto the lead after simply 63 seconds after a defensive mixup by Juventus gifted him a straightforward end, and Moussa Marega netted 19 seconds into the second half.

Federico Chiesa scored what may show to be a significant away aim for Juventus within the 82nd minute.

“Our strategy modified after a minute, as a result of once you concede like that after a minute you lose confidence,” Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo mentioned. “The lads let their heads drop a however and so they (Porto) may play the match they needed, closing themselves up and counterattacking.

“Fortunately we managed to get again on monitor for the return match with Chiesa’s aim. We shouldn’t have performed the sort of match and it’s a pity, we may have completed higher. We had ready a unique recreation.”

Juventus ahead Cristiano Ronaldo was stored quiet on his return to his homeland because the guests struggled to make an influence, though the Portugal worldwide did have a penalty attraction waved away within the ultimate seconds of stoppage time.

The second leg shall be on March 9 in Turin.

“Juventus had its first harmful shot solely within the 70th minute and we’re speaking concerning the Italian champion, a really sturdy crew with a number of the finest gamers on the planet,” Porto coach Sérgio Conceição mentioned. “That reveals the solidity of our efficiency.

“We may have made it Three-Zero. … It’s bittersweet: the gamers didn’t deserve the aim we conceded.”

Within the different round-of-16 match on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund got here from behind to win Three-2 at Sevilla.

Juventus beat Porto residence and away with out conceding a aim the final time the 2 sides met on the similar stage 4 years in the past.

But it surely gifted Porto the lead after barely a minute when Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur tried to play a again go to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, not realizing Taremi was proper behind him to intercept and slot residence from six yards.

Juventus appeared to lack vitality and concepts and its evening obtained worse within the 35th when captain Giorgio Chiellini limped off with a calf damage.

Porto was even faster off the mark at first of the second half when Wilson Manafá ran down the precise earlier than rolling throughout for Marega to show in on the close to put up.

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo introduced on ahead Álvaro Morata shortly after the hour mark for Weston McKennie.

Morata had scored six objectives in as many Champions League appearances this season and Juventus seemed extra harmful after he got here on.

Porto hadn’t conceded a aim at residence within the Champions League this season however that streak got here to an finish when Adrien Rabiot burst down the left and crossed for Chiesa to fireplace a first-time shot into the far nook.

Chiesa turned the primary Juventus participant other than Ronaldo to attain in a Champions League knockout recreation since Blaise Matuidi in 2018.

That appeared to wake Juventus up and it got here near snatching what would have been an undeserved draw.

Ronaldo was left livid when he went down below a problem from Zaidu Sanusi seconds earlier than the full-time whistle and the incident was not checked out on video assessment.



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