Ronaldo Silenced As Porto Knock Juventus Out Of Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus crashed out of the Champions League in the last 16 for the 2nd year operating on Tuesday, losing to 10-man Porto on away objectives regardless of winning the 2nd leg 3-2 in Turin.

Sergio Oliveira’s extra-time free-kick sent two times former winners Porto through to the quarter-finals as the tie completed 4-4 on aggregate.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Portugal, Oliveira’s first-half penalty increased Porto’s benefit however Juventus levelled the tie through 2 objectives from Federico Chiesa, which came either side of Porto striker Mehdi Taremi’s red card.

Oliveira then rifled home a low free-kick on 115 minutes, which went through the legs of Ronaldo, with Adrien Rabiot’s header in reply being available in vain for Juventus.

” When you make 4 huge errors over two legs in the Champions League last 16, you can get removed,” said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo.

” It will take a few days to wipe this game from our minds, but then we need to play every video game with the best attitude, realise we’re still just in March and have time to climb up the Serie A table.”

Juventus had actually been relying on Portuguese striker Ronaldo, the competition’s record goalscorer, and in-form Spaniard Alvaro Morata, who had actually scored six objectives in the competitors this season, to pull them through.

However Juventus’ Champions League heartache extending back 25 years continued, falling in the very first knockout round the 2nd consecutive year after losing to French club Lyon last season.

” The work of the entire group was very important to go through in a way that was completely should have,” stated veteran Porto defender Pepe.

” It’s difficult to describe by words the way we managed to react (playing with 10 males). Today we showed lots of character: the gamers were focused which made it easy for us.”

Pirlo, in his very first season as Juventus coach, had actually gained back a number of injured players consisting of midfielder Arthur and defender Leonardo Bonucci, but captain Giorgio Chiellini stayed on the bench with Danilo suspended.

Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin produced a sharp early save to turn away a Morata header, while Taremi nodded versus the crossbar at the other end in a dynamic start to the video game.

The Italian champs fell back on the night when Merih Demiral yielded a penalty after bundling over Taremi in the box, with Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers indicating the area.

Porto gamers commemorate after beating Juventus to reach the Champions League quarter-finals AFP/ Marco BERTORELLO

Oliveira made no error, sending out Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to provide the visitors a 3-1 advantage in general.

Marchesin continued his heroics, the Argentine stopping from Morata on 26 minutes and Rabiot minutes later after the French midfielder took objective from distance.

Juve hit back after the break thanks to Chiesa’s double, the very first on 49 minutes when Ronaldo controlled and knocked it back for Chiesa to curl in previous Marchesin from a tight angle.

Porto quickly went a man down with Taremi sent off for two quick yellow cards, the second for recklessly kicking the ball away.

In spite of the Iranian’s lack Porto handled to hold on, with Pepe stepping in remarkably to require Chiesa into striking the post after rounding Marchesin.

Chiesa made no error simply after the hour getting his head to another best Juan Cuadrado cross which Marchesin once again got a hand to however might not stop as Juve pulled level 3-3 on aggregate.

Ronaldo missed out on an opportunity to add to his tally of 134 Champions League objectives after heading a Cuadrado delivery large with 12 minutes to go.

It was end to end action with Marchesin rejecting Chiesa a hat-trick, while Morata had an objective ruled out for offside in injury time before Cuadrado was frantically unfortunate to see his curling shot smack back off the bar.

Porto had the very best possibility of the first 15 minutes in additional time with Szczesny obstructing a Moussa Marega header.

But Oliviera won a free-kick and fired in low to beat Szczesny on 115 minutes in the middle of wild events from the Portuguese bench.

Two minutes later Rabiot headed Juventus back into contention however the hosts could not snatch another goal as their European adventure ended prematurely once again.

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