Cristiano Ronaldo could not stop Porto from Defeating Juventus in Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo could not do much when he followed Italian Serie A side, Juventus to Portugal to play Porto in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

The presence of Ronaldo in the Champions League match played in his home country could not stop Porto from defeating the Italian giants 2-1 which means that Juventus have to defeat Porto at least 2-0 in the second leg to scale through to the next round of the competition.

In the Champions League game, Porto took the lead in the 2nd minute of the game when the club’s Mehdi Taremi took advantage of Juventus’ Rodrigo Bentancur uncalculated back pass.

After that, the two teams could not get the best of each other until the second half of the game started. Immediately the second half started, FC Porto, doubled their lead in the 46th minute through the boots of Moussa Marega.

Juventus struggled through the remaining minutes of the game until in the 82nd minute of the game when the club’s Federico Chiesa scored Juve’s only goal of the match. Chiesa’s goal for Juventus was the first that Porto had conceded in the Champions League in over nine hours of football.

Porto players celebrate their victory over Juventus.
Porto players celebrate their victory over Juventus.

Porto would hope that the club can complete the job when they visit Turin on March 9. Wednesday’s game was the first time in the history of football that Porto won Juventus in a competitive game.

The good news for Porto fans who are hoping that the Portuguese side can knock out the Italian club from the Champions League this season is that, Juventus are suffering poor form at this stage of the competition. They have suffered three defeats in their last four Champions League knockout stage.

After Porto defeated Juventus on Wednesday, the coach of Juventus, Andrea Pirlo said his team handed the first goal to Porto on a platter of gold. He said it was strange that his club conceded a goal in the first few minutes of the game.

“We had prepared well for this game, it was not the attitude we wanted, but conceding a goal in the opening minute when we handed it to them on a silver platter made everything more difficult,” Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia.

“When you concede a goal after one minute, a strange one at that, it’s natural the players will lose confidence, especially against a side that knows how to clam up in defense.

“Our approach was wrong after we conceded the goal … We had planned on attacking the deeper spaces, but if you take too many touches, things get complicated. We weren’t smart, the ball was moved around too slowly.

“Porto got the game immediately on the track they wanted. With such a packed fixture list, it’s normal you can’t always maintain absolute focus and the right tempo, but it shouldn’t have happened in the round of 16 of the Champions League.”