OLIVEIRA BRACE SEES 10-MAN PORTO OUST JUVENTUS IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE CLASSIC
Written by Gibson Ogunkunle on March 10, 2021
Porto progressed from a pulsating Champions League match on away goals as their thrilling tie with Juventus ended 4-4 on aggregate in Turin.A topsy-turvy match saw a heap of chances at both ends, a red card shown to Porto’s Mehdi Taremi, and five goals scored in total; but it was a brace from the excellent Sergio Oliveira that proved decisive.
The visitors went into the game 2-1 up from the first leg, and it was they who edged an end-to-end opening to the game as chances came at both ends right from the first whistle. And Sérgio Conceição’s side took the lead from the penalty spot after 19 minutes, with Oliveira sending Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way after Taremi had been fouled in the box.Porto came out after the break looking to continue what had been a defensively solid display and hold on to their two-goal advantage, but the tie was all square inside 20 minutes of the restart as a brace from Federico Chiesa brought Juventus back to 3-3 on aggregate. And to make matters worse for the visitors, two yellow cards in the space of two minutes for Taremi left them down to ten men with over half an hour still remaining on the clock.It was a stunning turnaround and left the tie hanging in the balance, but that wasn’t the end of the drama. Neither side was able to settle it in normal time, sending the game to an additional half an hour. And again it was Juventus who enjoyed the lion’s share of possession in the extra period, testing a strong Porto defence to its very limit.However, just as it looked like the game was heading to a penalty shootout, up stepped Oliveira to drill home a long-range free-kick that seemed to have won it with time running out. Even then there was time for a late twist, as a towering header from Adrien Rabiot set up a barnstorming finish, but the ten men of Porto clung on to seal a remarkable result in Turin.