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Goals from Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega propelled FC Porto to their first ever Champions League win against Juventus after claiming a 2-1 win over the Italian champions in the first leg of their 16th draw on Wednesday

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On an evening when very little happened for Juventus, Federico Chiesa’s late attack at least gave them a lifeline for the return leg in Turin on March 9

Taremi jumped on a sloppy back pass after 63 seconds to shoot in the opener which left Juventus shaken as they failed to create any meaningful chances before half-time

Things got worse for Andrea Pirlo’s side when Marega exploded within 19 seconds of Porto in the second half

Juventus finally got a response when Chiesa landed a valuable away goal eight minutes to go, but that wasn’t enough to stop the 2004 champions from celebrating their first victory over the Italian club at the sixth attempt

The winger’s strike ended Porto’s streak of five consecutive clean sheets in the competition and leaves the draw before the second leg

Juve impressed in the group stage, winning five out of six games, including a 3-0 win on the final matchday at Barcelona

But they got off to the worst possible start when Taremi anticipated Rodrigo Bentancur’s pass to Wojciech Szczesny and slipped past the goalkeeper from close quarters.

Juve were visibly hit in their stride by the aggression of Porto’s pressing and were almost caught when Szczesny cleared the ball directly to Sergio Oliveira, whose shot was deflected widely

Things got worse for the Turin club when captain Giorgio Chiellini limped from injury after 34 minutes

Porto were even faster out of the blocks in the second half as Marega was at the end of a Wilson Manafa cutback to shoot at home seconds after the restart

Szczesny reached out to prevent one shot from Oliveira making three, but the visitors finally came to life in the final 20 minutes

Agustin Marchesin had to scramble to fend off a deflected Chiesa shot, before the Italian international rushed for a pass to cushion a corner finish

The goal made Chiesa the first Juventus player other than Cristiano Ronaldo to score a Champions League knockout stage goal since Blaise Matuidi in April 2018

Ronaldo, the competition’s all-time top scorer, was largely kept silent on his return to his home country, but he had calls for a penalty kicked off in the stoppage time after having been faced with a challenge

Pirlo was frustrated that his team gave Porto an early lead and said this immediately changed his team’s tempo

“We prepared well for the match, differently than it was during the match,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia

“This was not the attitude we wanted to impose, but when you take a goal down after a minute, it becomes more difficult

“We knew they closed the spaces really well, this was the game they wanted to play, and we handed it to them on a silver platter”

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao says his side won’t send their side to Italy just to keep their slim advantage in the second leg

“Juve have to make a comeback, but that doesn’t mean we’ll go there just to defend We’ll see who plays, if the characteristics of the players are different”

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