Juventus knocked out of UEFA Champions League by 10-man Porto

2021-03-10 12:19:31
Juventus knocked out of UEFA Champions League by 10-man Porto

Juventus — and Cristiano Ronaldo — crashed out of the Champions League round of 16 on away goals for the second successive year as the Bianconeri were were eliminated by 10-man Porto on Tuesday.

Sérgio Oliveira scored in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals of Europe's premier club competition despite a thrilling 3-2 loss in Turin after Federico Chiesa's two goals had given Juventus hope.

Porto, which played most of the second leg at a numerical disadvantage after Mehdi Taremi’s sending off, advanced on away goals after the matchup ended 4-4 on aggregate.

“There’s great disappointment and sadness, I’m pretty much speechless,” Chiesa said. “We managed to get back into the match and we deserved to go through. Instead, we’re here talking about something else and I really don’t know what to say.

“We had all the cards in our hand to go through, just we didn’t show it. We only performed in the second half today and we almost did it ... the disappointment is so great. It’s all pretty much meaningless, even my two goals or my performance, because we haven’t got anything out of it.”

Juventus went out in the round of 16 on away goals to Lyon last season.

Sérgio Oliveira also netted Porto’s first goal, from the penalty spot, but Chiesa scored twice in the second half to level the tie for Juventus and send the match into extra time.

Porto appeared to have all but won it before Adrien Rabiot reduced the deficit three minutes from time to set up a tense finale.

Both sides also hit the woodwork in an end-to-end match in which the momentum kept changing.

“These games are marked in the history of the club," Porto coach Sérgio Conceição said. "I have a group of brave players who interpreted what we wanted in the best way, against a great team with players of a very high level.

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