Juventus 1-0 Porto | Old Lady through to quarterfinalsShare:
Paulo Dybala celebrates giving Juventus the lead from the penalty spot as they progressed 3-0 on aggregate.
Juventus have all but secured passage to the quarterfinals of the Champions League as they lead Porto 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate in their round of 16 second leg clash at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Paulo Dybala scored from the spot to give the Old Lady the lead after Porto were reduced to 10 men due to a deliberate handball which necessitated the penalty kick.
This one got off pretty fast, as early as the third minute, Paulo Dybala found his way through the Porto defence, but his finishing was poor, as the Portuguese side breathed a sigh of relief in what could have been an early setback.
The game wouldn’t produce too many other chances however, until the 23rd minute, when Iker Casillas was forced into a fine save. A cross into the box found Mario Mandzukic, whose header was on target, but the former Real Madrid goalkeeper was on hand to keep his Portuguese side in the game with a save.
However, all that good work would be undone shortly before the break, when Porto defender Maximiliano Perreira was shown a straight red card for handling the ball inside his box, and the referee wasted no time in pointing the spot.
Dybala stepped up to put the ball into the back of the net, to give Juve a 1-0 lead on the night and a 3-0 lead on aggregate.
The second period began with Porto looking to get on the scoresheet, Tiquinho Soares tricked his way past several Juve players, got into the box, but his effort went wide in what should have been an equalizer for them.
Up next was Gonzalo Higuain with an opportunity, the Juventus striker had the perfect chance to double his side’s lead on the night, but saw his effort off target.
The chances in this one were very few, as Porto, having been reduced to 10 men in the first half, appeared to have given up, with the game progressing more into a strolling match. And in the end, it was Juve who went through 3-0 on aggregate, having won the first leg 2-0 in Portugal.
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