Targets from Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega propelled Porto to their first ever victory over Juventus within the Champions League after they secured a 2-1 win over the Italian champions within the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday. On an evening when little went Juventus’s means, Federico Chiesa’s late strike no less than handed them a lifeline going into the return leg in Turin on March 9.
Taremi pounced on a sloppy again go after 63 seconds to fireside within the opener, rattling Juventus who did not create any significant possibilities earlier than halftime. Issues received worse for Andrea Pirlo’s aspect when Marega blasted in Porto’s second 19 seconds into the second half.
Juventus ultimately mustered a response when Chiesa fired in a valuable away aim with eight minutes remaining, however it was not sufficient to cease the 2004 European champions from celebrating their first win over the Italian membership on the fifth try.
“As much as the 70th minute we blocked out Juve, we did an excellent job defensively,” Porto coach Sergio Conceicao advised Sky Sport Italia.
“We knew we may create issues for them with a excessive press, blocking their sturdy factors, they usually have many. On a strategic degree it was an excellent sport, however we’re solely midway.”
Chiesa’s strike ended Porto’s run of 5 consecutive clear sheets within the competitors and left the tie huge open.
“Our strategy made the sport an uphill wrestle,” Chiesa stated. “We conceded a aim after just a few seconds and within the Champions League if you’re not totally centered they may punish you. The away aim will give us energy for the second leg.”
Juve impressed within the group stage by profitable 5 video games from six, together with a 3-Zero victory at Barcelona. However they made a dreadful begin when Taremi anticipated Rodrigo Bentancur’s go again to Wojciech Szczesny and slid in to shoot previous the goalkeeper from shut vary.
Juve have been knocked off their stride by Porto’s urgent and have been nearly caught out once more when Szczesny cleared the ball to Sergio Oliveira whose shot was deflected huge.
Issues received worse for the Turin membership when captain Giorgio Chiellini limped off injured after 34 minutes. Porto have been even faster out of the blocks within the second half as Marega received on the top of a Wilson Manafa cut-back to fireside dwelling inside seconds of the restart.
Szczesny stopped an Oliveira shot from making it three, however the guests got here to life within the last 20 minutes. Agustin Marchesin palmed away a deflected Chiesa shot, earlier than the Italy worldwide raced on to a go and cushioned a end into the nook.
The aim made Chiesa the primary Juventus participant aside from Cristiano Ronaldo to attain a knockout stage aim within the Champions League since Blaise Matuidi in 2018. Ronaldo, the competitors’s all-time prime scorer, was largely quiet on his return to his dwelling nation, however he had appeals for a penalty waved away in stoppage time after taking place underneath a problem.