UEFA Champions League
Round of 16, Second-leg
Juventus Stadium, Turin, Italy
39′ M. Pereira Sent off
41′ Dybala (P)
Juventus progressed into their tenth UEFA Champions League Quarter-final after defeating ten-men Porto 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
The Italian side already led 2-0 from the first-leg of their Round of 16 tie in Porto and Paulo Dybala’s spot-kick, four minutes before the break, sent Juventus well on their way to the next round after Maximiliano Pereira was punished for deliberate handball, which resulted in his dismissal as the Portuguese side were reduced to ten-men for the second consecutive match against the Turin-outfit.
The hosts started well and went close to adding to their aggregate tally in the fifth minute when Dybala latched onto a a headed-pass from Mario Mandžukić to fire an effort just wide of the target from-range.
Four minutes later the visitors went close when Tiquinho Soares curled an effort at goal from-range but Gianluigi Buffon made a comfortable save.
In the 22nd minute Juventus had a good chance to take the lead on the night when Juan Cuadrado’s teasing delivery was met by Mandžukić with a header but his effort was straight at Iker Casillas, who made a good save.
In the 39th minute the Italian side were given a great chance to extend their aggregate lead from the penalty-spot following a deliberate handball from Maxi Pereira, who blocked Higuaín’s follow-up with the arm after Casillas initially palmed an Alex Sandro header into the path of the Argentine. Maxi Pereira received a straight red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity but the punishment wasn’t over as Dybala successfully converted the penalty: sending Casillas the wrong way to put Juve ahead on the night and extend their aggregate lead.
Juventus started the second-half in the ascendancy and nearly got their second of the night when Danilo Pereira miscued a headed clearance goalwards from a dangerous Alves cross, forcing Casillas into a terrific save with the keeper palming the ball away.
Seconds later the Portuguese side had a great chance to level the scores on the night when Soares was sent through on-goal after dispossessing Medhi Benatia, he had just Buffon to beat but the striker fired the ball inches wide of the far-post.
In the 59th minute the hosts looked to extend their lead when substitute Marko Pjaca controlled a wonderful back-heeled flick by Mandžukić before firing an effort just wide.
Six minute later Juventus went close again when Higuaín turned his man before firing an effort just wide of the far-post.
In the 81st minute the visitors had a good chance to reduce the deficit on aggregate when substitute Ótavio played fellow substitute Diogo Jota through on-goal, but his attempted chip on Buffon from a tight-angle only found the side-netting.
Seven minutes later Porto went close again when Jota surged forward but his effort from-range had the sting taken out of the strike with a deflection before falling into the grateful arms of Buffon.
The result meant that Juventus progressed into the Quarter-finals of the competition for the tenth time whilst Porto exited the competition.