Cristiano Ronaldo’s dream of the title with Juventus Turin failed again in the last 16 of the Champions League. The disappointing five-time world footballer came with the Italian record champions in the second leg of the round of 16, despite almost 70 minutes more than the Portuguese champion FC Porto, 3: 2 (2: 1, 0: 1) after extra time.
The never-ending match rewards Porto who, with one man down from the 54th minute, managed to eliminate Juventus in extra time. Another premature elimination in the Champions League for the bianconeri: still out in the second round, seven months after the flop with Lyon, and another disappointment for Cristiano Ronaldo who had never been out in the first knockout round of the Cup before moving to Juventus.
It happened for the second time in a row and now a thousand questions are opening up after another terrible night full of discouragement and frustration, despite an extraordinary Federico Chiesa.
Despite the success, the old lady was eliminated in the round of the last 16, as in the previous season. Because Juve lost the first leg in Ronaldo’s home country 1: 2 (0: 1).
Top striker Sergio Oliveira (19th) gave the guests, who last reached the quarter-finals in the 2018/19 season, the lead with a penalty kick. Federico Chiesa (49′ 63′ .) Turned the game for the hosts.
Then Oliveira (115th) destroyed all Juve hopes with a powerful free kick. Adrien Rabiot (117′ ) still managed an inadequate answer for Juve. Porto’s Mehdi Taremi (54′ ) had previously seen yellow-red.
Ronaldo has already won the Champions League five times in his hugely successful career, including four times with Real Madrid between 2014 and 2018. Since moving to Italy, however, the 36-year-old has been the last stop in three attempts at the latest in the quarter-finals. Juve has been waiting for the longed-for third win of the handle pot for 25 years.
Wild initial phase in Turin
Both teams pushed for the lead early on. Alvaro Morata failed with a head from close range to Porto’s goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin 4’ . On the other side, Taremi hit the crossbar with his head 7’. .
After a contact from Merih Demiral, the Dutch referee Björn Kuipers pointed to the point. Oliveira shoved it in, ice-cold. Incited by this, Porto wanted more: Jesus Manuel Corona 24’ and Zaidu 26’ gave good opportunities to increase.
Juve struggled against self-confident Portuguese, played too static and unimaginative for long stretches. Only Morata got another chance, which Marchesin thwarted again 27’ .
After the break, Juventus presented themselves significantly better and took their first chance straight away. Chiesa flicked the ball into the far corner. Ronaldo had dropped perfectly after a nice deep pass from captain Leonardo Bonucci.
In the majority, Juve squeezed massively. Chiesa hit the post 56’ . A few minutes later he put together his double pack. Porto struggled as best they could and saved themselves in extra time, Juan Cuadrado hit the crossbar in stoppage time.
From Sarri to Pirlo, for Juve in Europe the result does not change: the bianconeri come out for the second consecutive year in the second round of the Champions League, surrendering only in extra time to a Porto from 54 ‘outnumbered.
Hard Capello with Ronaldo: «Inexcusable mistake, he has no excuses«
The former Juventus coach wand CR7 for having shot in the barrier, on the occasion of the Portuguese 2-2 said:
«The first goal in the first game is a gift, great carelessness in the second, you can’t concede certain goals. The penalty kick tonight is another gift. Demiral too naive, you can’t look for an advance, it’s a very serious mistake. But the top is this. Cristiano Ronaldo who jumps and turns into the barrier. Whoever is in the barrier cannot be afraid of being hit. It is an unforgivable mistake that has no excuse «.