What a heart broker. Juventus are out of the Champions League after failing to get the better of 10-man Porto in extra time, as Federico Chiesa’s heroics were ruined by an error on a free-kick.
The Bianconeri had lost the first leg 2-1 in Portugal, so needed at least a 1-0 win to progress from the Round of 16. Danilo was suspended, with Paulo Dybala injured, Rodrigo Bentancur positive for COVID, plus Matthijs de Ligt not at 100 percent. Arthur returned for his first start in seven games, but Porto fielded the same XI that won the first leg.
Alvaro Morata forced a great save with his header after just three minutes on Juan Cuadrado’s cross, but Wojciech Szczesny had to rush off his line to smother at the feet of Moussa Marega, then Mehdi Taremi’s header bounced off the bar after Cuadrado’s slip.
Cuadrado seemed to hurt himself in that move and needed strapping on his right thigh.
Merih Demiral gave away an avoidable penalty, as Taremi was shielding the ball with his back to goal and there was no need to make the tackle. Sergio Oliviera converted the spot-kick to give Porto a 1-0 lead on the night, 3-1 on aggregate.
Porto continued to have shots from outside the box, while Morata chested down a Cuadrado cross only to find Agustin Marchesin rushing off his line.
Juventus finally got into the game with the same man who scored in the first leg. Ronaldo knocked down a Leonardo Bonucci floated the ball over the top for Chiesa to smash into the far top corner with the inside of the right boot from a tricky angle.
Moments later, Taremi was booked for a foul on Chiesa, then two minutes after that, the striker did something incredibly stupid, kicking the ball into the stands after a foul was given against him. It was an inevitable second yellow card and Porto was down to 10 men.
Chiesa then almost scored again, managing to get around Marchesin and about to tap into an empty net when Pepe somehow managed to get a deflection to push it onto the upright from point-blank range.
Ronaldo’s header was also parried, but Chiesa completed the comeback with a rare header, getting to the back post to steer in Cuadrado’s sensational cross.
It was now 3-3 on aggregate, all square on away goals, so would go to extra time.
Juve was suddenly completely fired up, with Bonucci and Adrien Rabiot strikes beaten away, while Marega had a poor first touch when clear on goal.
Ronaldo was surprisingly poor on the night and wasted a huge opportunity to win it with his header well wide on a great Cuadrado cross.
Chiesa left Corona in his dust with a strong run, Marchesin rushed out to narrow the angle and parry with his chest, then Morata hit a fresh-air volley on the rebound.
Szczesny also had to be on his toes, beating away a Malang Sarr screamer, while Marega hit the side-netting after turning Demiral.
Chiesa went for an assist too, his cross perfect for the head of Ronaldo, but Chancel Mbemba got a decisive touch to flick it away.