With two catastrophic half-time starts, Juventus lost to Porto (2-1) on Wednesday night, in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
We must go back to the 2004-2005 season to find the quarter-finals of the Champions League without Lionel Messi, or Cristiano Ronaldo. If the Argentine is squarely on the verge of elimination with FC Barcelona, the Portuguese is also in difficulty with the Juventus. The Old Lady bowed to Port (2-1) this Wednesday evening, in the round of 16 first leg, in a meeting where the Bianconeri shot each other in the foot at the start of each of the two periods.
Right after kick-off, after just one minute of play, Rodrigo Bentancur mis-secured his back pass, which allowed Mehdi Taremi go counter the release of Wojciech Szczesny (1-0, 2nd). Then after returning from the locker room, after only twenty seconds of play, Moussa Marega made his way through an apathetic defense to beat Szczesny a second time (2-0, 46 ‘).
Opposite, Juve, like a championship course not really convincing, has long been destitute. The addition could even have been heavier if Sergio Oliveira (52nd) or Jesus Corona (68th) had been more successful. But the training of Andrea Pirlo woke up, with a first opportunity for Alvaro Morata on a service from Ronaldo (77th), and especially the reduction of the gap of Federico chiesa on a cross from Adrien Rabiot (2-1, 82nd). It’s better that way, because Juve will only have one goal left in the second leg. However, it will be necessary to think about activating the alarm clock at the very beginning of the match, the Turinese.
Porto-Juventus (2-1), the film of the match
Champions League: The program of the round of 16