Fans’ Favorite Ronaldo is out of the UEFA Champions League!


After a dramatic tie, Sergio Oliveira scored the crucial goal with a free-kick in the 117th-minute. It was a close match with Ten-man Porto winning 3-2 over Juventus to reach the Champions League quarterfinals. Allianz Arena saw them win on away goals with a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.

Federico Chiesa's playing from Juventus made two goals against Porto that marked the tie into extra time. Despite the one-man disadvantage, Porto played well under pressure. This loss may bring questions to Juve's performance and future. Getting knocked out by Ajax and Lyon in the past two seasons has left them on the trail of being the second-best.

Defender Merih Demiral fouled Medhi Taremi in the box and Sergio Oliveira slotted home the penalty. Sergio Conceicao got the better of Andrea Pirlo from a strategic point of view as the Portuguese side nullified Juve's attack. Juve arrived after the break with more purpose.
Chiesa put the Bianconeri level in the tie and 2-1 ahead when he headed in from Juan Cuadrado's perfect cross. Ronaldo should have put Juve ahead on 78 minutes when he headed just wide following another superb Cuadrado cross. While Alvaro Morata was flagged offside before Cuadrado hit the bar with a stunning effort at the end of normal time.

In the 117th minute, Oliveira's free-kick went through Ronaldo's legs and scored a goal. Adrien Rabiot immediately headed in a goal at the other end to give Juve the win on the night, but it was not enough. "When you make four big errors over two legs in the Champions League Round of 16, you can get eliminated," Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia in an interview.

Pirlo shared his thoughts on the performance, "We had started well and there was a chance with Alvaro Morata to take the lead immediately. It didn't go in, there was an error for the penalty, we could've conceded a second, but then played the game we should've done in the second half, helped also by the extra man."
The Juventus manager and coach also discussed their strategy going forward, "I was brought in for a more ample approach, a project that was always meant to develop over several years, so I am not concerned. I am not happy to be working with a full week, as I'd have preferred to stay in the Champions League. Now that we're in this situation, we can work on various aspects in training, which we haven't had time to do so far this season, and try to improve on those."