Ebene News – FI – Porto 2-1 Juventus: Pirlo’s men caught cold

Wednesday February 17, 2021

Sérgio Conceição’s side struck in the opening minutes of each half to take the lead over Turin

Porto scored early in both halves but Juventus kept the draw in the round of 16 thanks to a late response from Federico Chiesa

Porto hit the front after just 60 seconds when Rodrigo Bentancur’s back pass was too short and Mehdi Taremi’s challenge on Wojciech Szczęsny sent the ball into the net Juventus offered shortly before the break – their first attempt on goal came from Merih Demiral, against the injured Giorgio Chiellini, in the 40th minute

The visitors were also slow to come out of the blocks in the second half as Moussa Marega recovered Wilson Manafá’s cut-back and shot inside the near Szczęsny post after 19 seconds

It ultimately seemed to trigger Juventus, but Porto, looking for a sixth straight clean sheet in the competition, remained resilient until Adrien Rabiot’s cross was skillfully returned by Chiesa to leave this competition in balance

“He maintained excellent defensive form and created a real threat with his forward play and precision of stopped play A very energetic performance full of quality and know-how He was quick to organize team and to end any threatening links of Juventus”Roberto Martínez, UEFA Technical Observer

It was a bittersweet victory for Porto after controlling the game, had chances to score a third but ended up conceding a late goal for Chiesa The hosts’ game plan went as they had it hoped as they kept Juventus from creating dangerous situations for most of the game Sérgio Oliveira had a great opportunity for the third which could have killed the draw, but it was Chiesa’s goal that brought Juve back again

“To err is human, but to persist (in error) is diabolical”, the philosopher Seneca has often said After offering an early goal for Porto, Juventus repeated the same mistake after the interval Apart from those two incidents, however, it seemed like a night to forget for Juve, who lacked energy and ideas during the most of the game and failed to create any serious opportunities to score or involve Ronaldo in the attack Chiesa’s late strike, however, renews Bianconeri’s hopes ahead of second leg in Turin

Sérgio Conceição, Porto coach: “We did not score by chance Our pressure worked The players interpreted what we wanted perfectly We always stayed very organized, whether in an upper block or a lower block The players gave a fantastic performance Congratulations to them – they were the great architects of this victory “

Agustín Marchesín, Porto defender: “Very happy with the work of the team We have shown that we are a great team, that they must respect us and that no one can underestimate us Today we have shown that we are here to do great things We know we have faced a great opponent “

Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach: “Porto played like that a lot in the Champions League but we allowed them to play as they wanted We had to move the ball faster and better Porto closed spaces in the middle and we we had to use the flanks more However, it is not easy when the ball is not moving fast enough “

Juventus defender Danilo: “It’s the Champions League and we knew it would be a very difficult game against a team that are preparing very well for this kind of game, so we knew we couldn’t allow us to make mistakes we did this evening Porto played as planned but you have to know that you have to be ready from the start at this level “

• Taremi became the fifth Iranian player to score in the UEFA Champions League and the first in the knockout stage

• Taremi’s goal was the 200th conceded by Juventus during the UEFA Champions League era

• Marega (eight) overtook Frédéric Kanouté (seven) as Malian with the highest score in the UEFA Champions League

• Porto have scored at least one first-half goal in 28 of their 34 games this season

• Porto had scored more than one goal in just one of their last 13 UEFA knockout stages before this game

• Juventus have conceded more than one goal in just one of their last 13 UEFA Champions League games before tonight

Porto: Marchesín; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Corona (Loum 90), Sérgio Oliveira (Conceição 90), Uribe, Otávio (Luis Díaz 57); Marega (Grujić 66), Taremi

Juventus: Szczęsny; Danilo, De Ligt, Chiellini (Merih Demiral 35), Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie (Morata 63); Kulusevski (Ramsey 77), Ronaldo

Both teams will have a number of domestic fixtures ahead of the second leg on Tuesday March 9

Porto – Juventus

Ebene News – FI – Porto 2-1 Juventus: Pirlo’s men caught cold

Source: https://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/match/2029476–porto-vs-juventus/postmatch/report/