Historic night for FC Porto. In Turin, the national champions moved away from Juventus and qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
One great sacrifice game for the “dragons” who, despite not dominating, were the best team in the first half, were ahead, through a penalty converted by Sérgio Oliveira, and were only really in trouble after the expulsion of Mahdi Taremi, at 54 minutes.
With ten players since that time, the Portuguese managed to hold out until extra time, and here, Sérgio Oliveira he scored again, with a direct free kick, with nothing worth the goal of Adrien Rabiot right after. Come the next one.
The game explained in numbers
- Porto’s “eleven” exactly the same as the first leg, at the Estádio do Dragão. Already Juve changed a lot and bet on a 4-4-2 formation, with Álvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo in front, in an attempt to field its top scorers.
- Porto started boldly, wanting to put Juve in the right direction, and in the second minute, he shot the first shot, by Matheus Uribe. He immediately responded to the formation of the house, with Álvaro Morata to force Marchesín to a huge defense, and at seven minutes, great move from Zaidu, passing Juan Cuadrado on the left and centering to the heart of the area.
- Mehdi Taremi shot and forced Wojciech Szczesny into a big intervention, and in the refill, head on, the Iranian shot the bar.
- Very lively game right at the start, with occasions on both sides and Juve ruling the match at quarter-hour, with 67% possession of the ball, two shots, one framed, but the “dragons” registered four, noncompliant, one with the iron. Italians left a lot of space for Portistas to enter their area, and these took the opportunity to have eight ball actions in this area, against three.
- And in another of these moves, Porto came to the advantage. Demiral carried Taremi into the penalty area, the referee pointed to the penalty mark and in the conversion, Sérgio Oliveira didn’t waste, annulling Juve’s advantage for the goal scored away. Everything is going well for the “dragon” in Turin.
- The “vecchia signora” did not learn the lesson and continued to make the same mistakes. In the attack, in front of a Porto with the lines very close together and inviting Juve to the long pass, the Italian team did just that, looking for Cristiano Ronaldo or Morata, but bids were easily canceled. In defense, the hosts often left only two elements behind, allowing the Portuguese to emerge often in numerical superiority in the counterattack.
- Thus, at half an hour, Juventus registered 64% of possession, but Porto was better and more dangerous in attack, with eight shots, against four of the house, both with three framed.
- On one of the few times he managed to emerge with danger, Morata bumped into a very attentive Marchesín again, therefore, the Argentine goalkeeper was the best in the field at this stage, with a rating of 6.4, fruit of three defenses, two to shots in its area and less than eight meters.
- Great first part of Porto in Turin, tactically perfect, personalized, fearless and aware of what to do to keep the Italian champion at bay.
- With lines very close together and forcing Juve to resort to the long pass, the Portuguese used the counterattack in the best way, created several dangerous shots, scored from a penalty and reached the interval with superiority in the chapter of the shot and the expected goals xG).
- And when things were not going well defensively, Marchesín was solving, hair that was or best in the field at rest, ordinary GoalPoint Rating of 6.9, the result of four defenses, three to shots in its area and less than eight meters away.
- But things started badly in the second half. After 49 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo collected in the area, left it to Federico Chiesa and he, with a beautiful shot in style, drew 1-1, to the ninth shot of the Italian formation, sixth framed. At this time Porto was not managing to free itself for the counterattack and that fact gave confidence to the transalpine.
- E worse things were left to the “dragons”, who found themselves reduced to ten elements at 54 minutes. Taremi saw two yellows within two minutes and went to the resorts earlier. From now on, he was suffering to counter the Italian pressure, which almost paid off in the 56th minute, with Chiesa isolating himself, deflecting Marchesín, but the ball ended up on the post.
- The Italians’ second goal was predicted and it came in the 63rd minute. Juan Cuadrado crossed perfectly from the right and Chiesa, always him, came in with a successful header. With the fifth shot in the second half, the fourth, the men of the house scored, and registered an impressive 82% possession since the rest. Porto was unable to attack.
- Little by little the game calmed down, to the relief of the Porto fans, who still felt many difficulties and, at 75 minutes, it registered 25% possession only, but a little better than ten minutes before. Shots are like not seeing them, while Juve added nine from the break, five with good direction. The “dragons” were having difficulty holding the ball (63% passing efficiency).
- Porto’s first shot in the second half came just after 83 minutes, for Malang Sarr, and forced Szczesny to make a big intervention. And at 85, Marega he threw the side meshes in a very dangerous move. In discounts, Juan Cuadrado, with a left-footed shot from outside the box, hit the post with a bang, in what was the final bidding of regulation time. Decision to extend.
- Here, and despite the fact that Juve continues to dominate, the game started a little and the dangerous moves were registered on both sides. Anything could happen and it happened in the Italian goal. In the 115th minute, in the conversion of a direct free kick, Sérgio Oliveira shot hard and the Polish goalkeeper of the home team failed to avoid the 2-2. But it was still missing.
- Right after that, following a corner from the left, Adrien Rabiot replaced the Transalpinos in front of the marker, but still behind in the tie. And they could do nothing else. Porto fought, showed a very strong mentality and not even Cristiano Ronaldo was able to counteract the journey towards the next round.
The best in the field GoalPoint
What an incredible game by Juan Cuadrado. The night is from Porto, it is true, but the best in the field was the Colombian right-back, which was very close to the top score.
The final numbers of the Juventus player allowed him to break several records of the season in the Champions League, including passes for finishing (12), racing ball crosses (19), effective running ball crossing (9) e ball actions (160). Cuadrado ended with an assistance, three blatant occasions created, six complete dribbles on 11 and six tackles.
It does not surprise the extraordinary GoalPoint Rating of 9.9.
- Marchesin 9.5 – It is not normal to see displays of this caliber in goalkeepers in the Champions League. The Argentine was an authentic wall, with ten defenders, seven to shoot in his wide area, five of them less than eight meters away.
- Sérgio Oliveira 7.3 – The man of the game, by the goals he scored, the two of the Porto players, who qualified the Portuguese team. The midfielder finished the game exhausted, but with three framed shots (100%), two passes for finishing and four actions with ball in the opposite area.
- Pepe 7.1 – Monstrous display of the central FC Porto player. His 38 years are more like 28 and, in this match, the Portuguese international broke the record of relief in this edition of the competition. There were no less than 18, three more than the previous maximum record, and he also made two shooting blocks.
- Adrien rabiot 8.4 – The second best of Juve and one of the most dissatisfied. The Frenchman scored a goal, the 3-2, was the best shot, with six shots, three of them framed, created two striking occasions in two passes to finish, accumulated 121 actions with ball and ten recoveries of possession.
- Federico Chiesa 7.2 – An authentic puzzle. The Italian was always the most dangerous player at Juventus and he was the scorer of his team’s first two goals. Ball actions in the Porto area were ten, effective dribbling three, in six attempts, he hit the post once, but he sinned with two wasted flagrant occasions.
- Cristiano Ronaldo 5.8 – The Portuguese ace was very poor and his score, positive, is sustained a lot in the assistance he made for the 1-1. Still, he made five shots, two framed, added four valuable offensive passes, seven ball actions in the opposite area and won the two offensive aerial duels in which he participated.