Juventus, the Italian Champions with their win against Porto reaches to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This is their second Champions League quarter-final in last four years. Juventus defeated Porto by 1-0 making their aggregate win to 3-0.
Juventus has earlier defeated Porto with 2-0, ensuring them a place in second league stage with ease. As the match started at the Juventus Stadium their opponents can be sure of one thing they will have to survive in one of the trickiest venues in Europe. Juventus with 31 wins in a row in Series A matches and an overall record of 47 unbeaten matches since august 2015 speaks itself of Juve’s. From the start of the match, both the teams equally balanced but one mistake from Porto was enough for Juventus to begin their lead. Although Porto tried hard for a comeback but it’s never easy to pay 10 men team against Champions Juventus.
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Coming to the Line-up of the match both teams started with their defensive attitude as Juventus and Porto followed 4-4-2 strategy. With both teams sticking to their defence there were hardly any close calls near the goal post. Juventus right from the start of the match had the ball possession and an overall ball possession of 63% this gave them much opportunity to score but due to strong defence much of their shots were off side and only two shots were on target out of 14 shots they took. Juventus on other hand felt the home pressure as they committed 13 fouls during the entire match. Both the teams tried their shots but none succeeded. The match was heading towards a 0-0 state at the half time but, and then it was the 40’of the match when Porto defender Maxi Pereira was sent- off the match for a deliberate handball.
Maxi indiscretion allowed Juventus a Penalty shot and Paulo Dybala did no mistake to put one right into the goal post. At the end of Half-time, the Score was 1-0 in favour of Juventus.
From the start of second half, Porto looked weak in defence as their Defender Maxi was sent-off. All the stores had the gilt-edged opportunity to reduce the deficit seconds later, shaking off Dani Alves and going one-on-one with Buffon but then he opened his body and side-footed the shot across the face of the goal wide of the post, thus mixing a chance. Porto tried everything even substituted Diogo and almost had a chance to salvage some pride when it went through on closing minutes of the match. At the end of full time, it was Juventus the undoubted winners at their home ground. With this win, Juventus went on to keep their sixth clean sheet in eight Champions League matches they have played.
- Juventus have now reached the quarter-finals stage of the Champions League for the 10th time.
- This was Paulo Dybala sixth goal in his last five matches at Juventus stadium, out of which four came from the Penalty shot.
- Juventus have kept their winning streak at home clean since August 2015 with 31 series A wins and overall of 47.
- Juventus vs Porto was the 150th match at Juventus Stadium out of which they have 119-wins, 26-draws, and lost-5