Ten-man Porto edged past Juventus on away goals to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night, with an incredible 115th-minute free kick seeing them through the bout of the competition.

For a side chasing the game from the whistle having been behind on aggregate, Juventus looked shaky and out of ideas from the off. The visitors took the lead through a penalty when Merih Demiral dived in on Mehdi Taremi, with Sergio Oliveira converting to make it 1-0. Porto were then happy to sit back and frustrate a clueless Juve, who stumbled into half-time looking out of ideas.

Sergio Oliveira’s penalty has given Juventus a mountain to climb! ? pic.twitter.com/hN1fcfQMDb

— 90min (@90min_Football) March 9, 2021

Juve picked it up massively after the break and responded almost instantly when Federico Chiesa finished from a Cristiano Ronaldo lay-off to make it 1-1.

Taremi was sent off for Porto after 54 minutes to add fuel to the fire and the Portuguese side were almost instantly punished if it wasn’t for Pepe stopping Chiesa after he rounded the goalkeeper.

Chiesa made up for the miss after 63 minutes when he headed home an inch-perfect cross from Juan Cuadrado to square the score on aggregate. Juve came as close as an offside Alvaro Morata goal and a long-range strike that hit the crossbar from Juan Cuadrado in the closing moments, but the game headed to extra-time.

Juventus were THIS CLOSE to going through in the 93rd minute! ?

A superb Juan Cuadrado effort rattled off the bar ❌

FT: Juventus 2-1 Porto (3-3 agg)

Next up: extra-time! ? pic.twitter.com/t8ravwyQ3O

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 9, 2021

Porto perked up once again having made it so far with ten men and came close through Moussa Marega. Ronaldo felt he had been fouled inside the box by Porto goalkeeper Augustin Marchesin at the other end, but it wasn’t given and the first 15 minutes ended goalless.

Oliveira sparked pandemonium when he powered a free kick beneath the wall and through Wojciech Szczesny after 115 minutes, but Juve responded literally moments later when Adrien Rabiot headed into the back of the net from a corner to keep hopes alive for Andrea Pirlo’s men.

However, it was too little, too late, as Porto snuck through to the Champions League quarter-finals in a game that was nothing short of spectacular.

THIS IS TRULY INCREDIBLE!!!!

Sérgio Oliveira scores for 10-man Porto and the visitors are on the brink of going through!

WHAT. A. GAME! pic.twitter.com/PkUAlrfxd5

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 9, 2021

In a heartbreaking but equally concerning defeat, here’s how Juve’s players rated…

Merih Demiral, Mehdi Taremi
Demiral’s challenge was seriously rash | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

2. Midfielders

FBL-EUR-C1-JUVENTUS-PORTO
A beacon of hope for I Bianconeri | MARCO BERTORELLO/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo
Just one of those days | Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

4. Substitutes

Juventus 3-2 Porto: Player ratings as 10-man Porto dump Juve out in Champions League classic
Source:
Source 1

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here