JUVENTUS OUT OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Italian champions Juventus have been eliminated from this season's Champions League after they failed to beat Portuguese champions FC Porto over two legs.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the talisman for Juventus and he was largely ineffective as the Old Lady crashed out the Champions League at the round of 16 stage on the away goals rule for the second season in a row.
Italian tactician Maurizio Sarri was the man in charge last season when Juventus fell to French giants Lyon at the same stage on the away goals rule. Lyon had beaten Juventus 1-0 at home in the first leg before a 2-1 win for Juventus in the second leg ensured that Lyon moved into the quarterfinals on the away goals rule at the expense of the Old Lady.
A similar scenario has played out again this season under new manager Andrea Pirlo - though it was far from expected, with Betiton having them marked down as firm favourites to qualify, in spite of the fact that the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with hosts FC Porto ended in a 2-1 defeat for Juventus with Mehdi Taremi and Malian international Moussa Marega netting for the Portuguese champions at the start of the first half and second half respectively.
Federico Chiesa is an Italian national team player and he was impressive for the Old Lady over the two legs against Porto. Chiesa scored the away goal for Juventus late in the first leg at the Estadio Dragao in Portugal.
The away goal from Federico Chiesa was cancelled out after just 19 minutes of the first half in the second leg at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. Juventus centre back Mehdi Demiral was penalised for a foul on fellow Turkish player Mehdi Taremi and Sergio Oliviera didn't make a mistake from the resulting penalty. He was successful from 12 yards out to give FC Porto the lead on the night.
Porto held on to that lead for the rest of the first half. Juventus improved much after the half-time break and were rewarded immediately with the equaliser from new signing Federico Chiesa, who joined the Old Lady from fellow Italian Serie A club Fiorentina at the start of this season. The Juventus goal was given after VAR check to determine if Cristiano Ronaldo was not in an offside position before his assist for Chiesa.
It took just four second half minutes for the Old Lady to equaliser against FC Porto. It went from bad to worse when Porto were reduced to ten men after a needless second yellow card from Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi on 54 minutes. Taremi left the pitch after receiving two yellow cards in two minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo and the Juventus players made the numerical advantage count nine minutes after Taremi was sent off with Chiesa getting the goal again off the assist from Juan Cuadrado. The ten men of Porto thereafter held on till the end of regulation time to pave way for extra time in the quest for who will join German club Borussia Dortmund in the quarterfinals.
Sergio Oliviera scored a long range freekick for FC Porto with five minutes of extra time left to put him team within the touching distance of the Champions League last eight. At that point it was 2-2 and 4-3 on aggregate in favour of Porto.
Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot scored for Juventus two minutes after the second Porto goal to make it 3-2 for the Old Lady off the assist from Federico Bernardeschi but it was too little too late for the Italians who crashed out on the away goals rule.