Super-subs Pjaca & Alves Score As Juventus Defeat Ten-men Porto In Round Of 16 First-leg

UEFA Champions League

Round of 16, First-leg

February 22nd

Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal

fc por 0-2 juventus

26′ Telles Sent off (Second bookable offence)

72′ Pjaca

74′ Alves

Juventus have the advantage in their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Porto after defeating the Dragões 2-0 in the first-leg at the Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

Quick-fire second-half goals from substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves gave the Italian side a two-goal first-leg advantage after Alex Telles was sent off for two yellow cards in quick-succession in the first-half.

After an evenly contested first few minutes, the hosts had the first sight of goal when Yacine Brahimi curled a freekick just over the bar.

In the 22nd minute the visitors had a good chance when Paulo Dybala latched onto a flick-on from compatriot Gonzalo Higuaín, but his effort on the slide, cleared the bar.

Four minutes later the hosts were reduced to ten men when Telles, who was already on a yellow card for a previous foul on Juan Cuadrado, received another booking soon after for a needless late challenge on Stephan Lichtsteiner before seeing red.

Alex Telles receives his marching orders after two yellow cards. Image from: EPA

The visitors went close to taking the lead from the resulting-freekick when Miralem Pjanić found Cuadrado, whose first-time effort curled just wide of the target.

In the 32nd minute Pjanić went close for the visitors when his effort from-range produced a good save from Iker Casillas. A minute later they should have taken the lead when former Porto full-back Alex Sandro’s teasing delivery was headed wide by Sami Khedira.

Six minutes later the visitors went close when a deflected strike from Higuaín forced his former Real Madrid teammate Casillas into a good save with the keeper tipping the ball behind.

The visitors very nearly took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Dybala’s curling effort, following a corner, struck the post with Casillas beaten.

A minute into the restart Juventus thought they had taken the lead when Dybala latched onto a pass from Pjanić before firing home emphatically past Casillas, but the flag was already up for offside. The initial pass may have been intended for Mario Mandžukić, who was onside but Dybala seized onto the ball first.

A minute later Porto had a good chance to take the lead when substitute Miguel Layún found compatriot Héctor Herrera with a fine cross-field pass but the skipper headed just wide.

In the 52 minute the Turin-outfit went close when Dybala curled an effort at-goal but his effort was straightforward for Casillas.

In the 65th minute Juventus went close to taking the lead when Dybala found Higuaín, who cut-inside before curling an effort inches wide of the far-post.

Seven minutes later the visitors took the lead after a Dybala pass ricocheted off Layún into the path of substitute Pjaca, who fired home.

Substitute Marko Pjaca fires home to put Juventus ahead. Image from: Getty

Juventus grabbed a second in quick succession two minutes later when another substitute Alves, controlled a cross-field pass from Sandro before firing home on the half-volley.

Substitute Dani Alves celebrates after doubling Juventus’ lead. Image from: Reuters

Four minutes from time the visitors should have made it three when Pjaca found Khedira, who had just Casillas to beat but his effort on the slide drifted just wide of the far-post.

The result meant that Juventus will take a 2-0 advantage back to Turin for the second-leg. The Italian side also have two precious away goals. Porto will need to score two away-goals without reply in order to stay in the tie.

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