LISBON (EFE) – With two goals in the first minute of each half, Porto surprised a Juventus with few ideas at Do Dragão (2-1), who managed to save the night from disaster with a goal in the final stretch of the match that gave life to the tie.
The Italians got on the wrong foot in the round of 16, with a mistake in the first minute that Porto took advantage of to go ahead with a goal from Iranian Mehdi Taremi and dislodge Juventus.
Cristiano’s club, who was absent for much of the match, had many problems against the Portuguese, who knew how to control the match times and extend their lead after half-time with a goal from Marega.
Pirlo’s men only managed to steer the course of the night a bit at the end, with a very important goal from Chiesa that could be the final point to pass the stage.
After falling last year in the round of 16 to Lyon, Juventus did not want to be left out of the quarters this year, but a serious mistake in the first minute complicated that goal.
Rodrigo Betancur gave a pass back to the goalkeeper who fell short and Mehdi Taremi took advantage of the failure and threw himself to block the clearance, which ended in the back of the nets.
The Iranian international, who until now had not even started in the ‘Champions’, has earned a fixed position based on goals and has become a key piece of the ‘dragons’ this season.
The early goal left the Italian team touched, which despite taking control of the ball and possession, failed to disturb the Argentine Marchesín under the sticks.
The lack of spark was personified in the absence of Cristiano, who failed to scratch the ball against a conservative Porto that was looking for tranquility so as not to lose its advantage.
The only scare to the Blue and White goal occurred at the edge of the break, with a Chilean from Rabiot that forced Marchesín to stretch to get it out, although the referee ended up invalidating the play.
Despite the poor performance, Pirlo kept the same eleven after the break -except for Chiellini, who had started in 35 due to physical problems-, but the same script as in the first half was repeated: goal by the Portuguese in the first minute .
Manafá went up the right wing unopposed, reached the area and put a cross to Marega, who controlled the ball and beat Szczesny.
Encouraged by the second goal, Porto dared to seek more attack, and left another warning in the 51st with a shot from Sérgio Oliveira that the goalkeeper took.
The Italians regained control of the ball and, with Morata on the pitch, they got back into the game in the final stretch thanks to a goal from Chiesa.
In 82, after a run down the left, Rabiot put a low center to the Italian, who took a bitten shot to reduce distances with the “dragons”.
A goal that gave wings to the Italians, who pressed until the end, although they did not manage to improve the score.
Sérgio Conceição took advantage of the last minutes to scratch time and make changes, and even allowed his son Francisco to make his debut in the Champions League.