FC Porto have progressed onto the quarter-finals of the 20202/21 UEFA Champions League season after Sergio Oliveira scored the winning goal.
Juventus were sent crashing out from the UEFA Champions League after Sergio Oliveira‘s low driven free-kick during extra time was sent past the fingertips of Wojciech Szczesny. It would require a herculean effort for Juventus to turn the tie around from then on as they would require two more goals to send the game into penalties due to the away goal rule.
Adrien Rabiot was quick to respond after firing a well-struck header from Federico Bernadeschi’s corner a few minutes after Oliveria scored his free-kick. However, Rabiot’s effort turned out to be a mere consolation as the tie ended 4-4 on aggregate and FC Porto advanced to the quarter-finals due to their away goal advantage.
Despite being down to ten men for more than 60 minutes, Porto managed to put up a defensive masterclass as they remained tight and cohesive at the back throughout the entire fixture. Both sides had ample chances during the course of 120 minutes to score more goals, however, as luck had it, it was not Juventus’s night. Let’s have a look at some of the talking points.
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A DEFENSIVE MASTERCLASS FROM PEPE
38-year-old Pepe of FC Porto put up a masterclass at the Juventus Stadium. The 38-year-old Portuguese had just returned from an injury, however, surprisingly he seemed to be the most energetic player during the course of the game. The former Real Madrid centre-back was simply impeccable as he eliminated the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
Since Juve has two target men in the likes of Ronaldo and Morata, it was quite obvious that Andrea Pirlo would want to play several crosses in. However, almost every cross was met by one man and that was Pepe of FC Porto. The 38-year-old won all his aerial duels, registered 18 clearances along with two tackles and two interceptions after recovering from an injury. Not to forget to mention, but Pepe also sustained a head injury during the game and continued playing after receiving a few stitches. Had not been for the heroics of the Portugal international, Juventus could have scored plenty more than they already did last night.