PORTO, Portugal (AP) – Porto ambushed Juventus with goals from the dressing room at the start of each half and ended up winning 2-1 in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
Mehdi Taremi put the host ahead when just 63 seconds had elapsed, after a huge mistake by Uruguayan midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur trying to pass the ball to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Bentancur did not realize that he had Taremi breathing down his neck.
The second score for the Portuguese team fell 19 seconds into the second half, the work of Moussa Marega.
Federico Chiesa scored in the 82nd minute what could be a vital away goal for Juventus.
“Our approach changed after a minute, because when you receive goals in that way after a minute, you lose confidence,” said Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo. “The boys lowered their heads and they (Porto) could play as they wanted, closing and counterattacking.”
“Fortunately, we managed to recover to get closer with Chiesa’s goal. We shouldn’t have played this kind of game and it’s a shame. We could be better. We had prepared a different meeting ”.
Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo went unnoticed when playing in his native country. La Vecchia Signora was an indolent team against an opponent very well planted in their lines.
In the last seconds of the discount, the referee rejected Cristiano’s claim, who claimed that they had committed a penalty.
The return will be held on March 9 in Turin.
“Juventus had their first danger shot at 70 minutes and we are talking about the Italian champions, a solid team that has some of the best players in the world,” said Porto coach Sérgio Conceição. “That shows the strength of our performance. “
Juve gave Porto the lead after a minute of play when Italian team midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur tried to pass the ball back to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny without realizing that Taremi was behind him and intercepted to shoot from the area.
Juventus seemed to have no energy and ideas on a night that worsened in the 35th minute when captain Giorgio Chiellini limped off with a calf injury.
Porto were even quicker coming back at halftime, when Wilson Manafá ran down the right alley of the area before supplying Marega with a delayed diagonal, who finished hitting a post.
Pirlo requested the trade of Weston McKennie after an hour of play for forward Álvaro Morata, who has six goals in the same number of Champions League matches this season. Juventus looked more dangerous after his entry.