Wednesday 17th February 2021

Sérgio Conceição’s team scored one of the two halves in the opening minutes to lead to Turin

Porto scored at the start of both halves, but Juventus kept this round of 16 balanced thanks to Federico Chiesa’s belated response

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

The visitors also slowly came out of the blocks in the second phase, when Moussa Marega Wilson collected Manafá’s cut-back and shot into Szczęsny’s post after 19 seconds

That finally seemed to spark Juventus, but Porto, who were aiming for a straight goal for the sixth time in a row, remained resilient until Adrien Rabiot’s cross was expertly substituted on by Chiesa to make this competition exciting

“He maintained great defensive form and created a real threat with his forward play and precise set piece. A very energetic performance full of quality and know-how He was quick to organize the team and stop any threatening ties from Juventus” Roberto Martínez, UEFA technical observer

It was a bittersweet win for Porto after controlling the game, having chances for a third goal but conceding a late goal for Chiesa The hosts’ schedule went as hoped with Juventus not creating dangerous situations for most of the game Sérgio Oliveira had a big chance for the third, who could have killed the tie, but it was Chiesa’s goal that brought Juve back into the game right away

“To err is human, but to persist (in error) is diabolical,” the philosopher Seneca is often quoted as saying. After Juventus gave Porto an early goal, he repeated the same mistake after the break, apart from these two incidents, however, it seemed to Juve for Juve to be a night to remember as he lacked energy and ideas for most of the game and failed to create serious scoring chances or to involve Ronaldo in an attack, however, Chiesa’s belated strike renews Bianconeri’s hopes ahead of the Turin second leg / p>

Sérgio Conceição, Porto coach: “We didn’t meet by chance Our pressure worked The players interpreted what we wanted perfectly We were always very organized, whether in a higher or lower block The players gave a fantastic Achievement Congratulations to you – you were the great architects of this victory “

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

Andrea Pirlo, Juventus coach: “Porto often played like this in the Champions League, but we allowed them to play the way they wanted. We had to move the ball faster and better. Porto closed the middle and we did had to use the flanks more It is not easy, however, when the ball is not moving fast enough “

Danilo, Juventus defender: “This is the Champions League and we knew it was going to be a very difficult game against a team that prepares very well for this type of game So we knew we couldn’t afford to make the mistakes”We did tonight. Porto played as expected, but we need to know that at this level you have to be ready from the start”

• 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 200 Juventus conceded in the UEFA Champions League era

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

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

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

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

Postage: 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 have before the second leg on Tuesday, 9 March, a series of home games

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