Late Sergio Oliveira goal sends Juventus packing
2020-21 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 2nd leg:
Juventus 3 Porto 2 (Aggregate 4-4) – Porto qualifies on away goals
A shock Sergio Oliveira extra-time goal sent a 10-man Porto side through to the Champions League quarterfinals at the expense of Juventus at the Allianz Arena in Turin, Italy, on Tuesday night.
Juve who had come back from Portugal after a 1-2 defeat in the first leg, needed to win 1-0 in Turin to progress to the Final 8. But Andrea Pirlo’s men went behind by 1-3 in the 19th minute when Juve defender Merih Demiral fouled Medhi Taremi inside the area and Sergio Oliveira coolly slotted home the penalty awarded.
There was purpose in Juventus’s game after the break as Federico Chiesa, scorer of the lone goal in the first leg, arrowed one into the far corner from a tight angle in the 49th minute to make it 2-3 on aggregate.
The game seemed to have taken a dramatic turn when Porto striker Mehdi Taremi got sent off for picking up a second yellow card in the 54th minute for kicking the ball away. The Juve onslaught after the Taremi dismissal was inevitable as Chiesa equalized for the Old Lady in the 63rd minute when he headed in from Juan Cuadrado’s perfect cross. 3-3 on aggregate.
Cristiano Ronaldo should have put Juve ahead in the 78th minute but he headed wide from another superb Cuadrado cross. Alvaro Morata thought he had scored a stoppage-time winner for the hosts only to be flagged offside. Juve were going flat out in search of the winning goal inside the stipulated 90 minutes of play with Cuadrado hitting the bar from a stunning effort even as the game went into extra time.
With 5 minutes of the extra-time to expire, Porto won a free kick from a little outside the area. Oliveira drilled home his low grounder through Ronaldo’s legs and beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to find the bottom corner of the net. 3-4 to Porto.
Porto, who are winless in their last fourteen away games in the Champions League knockout stages, progressed to the quarter-finals by virtue of the 2 away goals for the first time since 2003-04, the year they took the title.
For Ronaldo’s Juve, who were knocked out by Ajax and Lyon in the past two seasons in the Final 8 stages, it was one more premature exit from Europe’s premier football tournament.
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