Juventus, out with Porto in the Champions League. Pirlo in discussion, CR7 flop

Juventus, out with Porto in the Champions League. Pirlo questioned. “Future? I will continue my work calmly”

Juventus out of Champions League ai round of 16: after the nightmare Lyon in August, this time is the Porto to throw the bianconeri out of the top European competition. The ko against the French was decisive in the exoneration of Maurizio Sarri. Now the work of Andrea Pirlo is under discussion: the Maestro is at the first major failure of his Juventus experience. “I am the Juventus coach for this moment and I will work for a larger project and for more years, so I will continue my work calmly”, the Juventus coach explained to Sky Sport. “If I feel under pressure in these two months? I’m not happy to work for full weeks because I wanted to go on in the Champions League, it will be a great test for me too to give a different hand.”

Europe is gone and the championship risks not conquering it: theInter is ahead 10 points (with one more game, the next seventh will be recovered Juve-Napoli) and gives the feeling of being thrown towards the Scudetto. And it would be the first not won by the Bianconeri after 9 consecutive (3 by Antonio Conte, 5 by Max Allegri and 1 by Maurizio Sarri). The comeback is not impossible, but at the moment it seems difficult: Lukaku and his teammates in the last few weeks have given the feeling of having the fate of the tournament in hand. And win the only one Italian Cup (assuming that Juve overtake Atalanta in the final: Gasperini and his boys will not easily let go of the trophy) would certainly not save the season.

Juventus out of the Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s flop

The Juventus failure is also that of Cristiano Ronaldo: arrived as the man who would have allowed Juventus to take that extra step towards the conquest of the Champions League (he who has won 5 against the 2 of the Lady in all its history), CR7 he amassed two knockouts in the round of 16 and a quarter-final (against Ajax two years ago). In the night against Porto, the former Real Madrid star was among the worst: no important play in 120 minutes and moreover the decisive error in the barrier in the 115th minute which allowed Sergio Oliveira to beat Lucky and score the goal that had a decisive impact on the qualification speech.


Juventus wins 3-2 with Porto in the second leg of the round of 16 but it is not enough for Pirlo’s team to move forward in the Champions League. Sergio Conceicao’s Portuguese go to the quarter-finals after the 2-1 in the first leg. A game with a thousand faces with the advantage of the Portuguese with Oliveira on a penalty with which they close the first half, the double by Chiesa that overturns the game, the crossbar at 93 ‘by Cuadrado and extra time with the 2-2 goal of Oliveira on free kick and Rabiot’s goal for the Juventus 3-2 with the final assault that does not lead to the goal that would mean passing the round. A great disappointment for Juve who played most of the second half and the two overtime in numerical superiority.

JUVENTUS, PIRLO 3-2 Time.news

Cristiano Ronaldo (Lapresse)

For the occasion Pirlo had recovered Bonucci and Arthur by proposing them again from 1 ‘. In defense, the suspended Danilo is missing and then Cuadrado is confirmed on the right. Compared to the match against Lazio, Ronaldo returns while in midfield Chiesa returns to the right with Ramsey lowers himself to the left. On the bench we see again de Ligt and Chiellini. While Sergio Conceiçao is on the safe side confirming in full form (4-4-2) and men who took the field in the first leg. Juve, as in the first leg, is surprised by the strong start of the opponents who almost twice the advantage with Taremi, who hits a crossbar, and then takes the lead in the 19 ‘using Oliveira a penalty obtained by Demiral with a naive intervention from behind against Taremi. Juve, at 0-0, devours the advantage with Morata, in the first minutes and then struggles to create opportunities until the 27 ‘again with Morata who engages Marchesin.

In the second half Jucve enters the field more convinced and at 49 ‘equalizes: throw into the area for Ronaldo who, sprinting on the edge of the offside, gives back on the left to the rushing Chiesa who with a large right inside diagonally slips the ball under the intersection to the left of Marchesin. At 53 ‘the game changes: naivety of the Porto Taremi striker who kicks the ball away after a foul whistled against Marega and remedies the second yellow card after a few minutes. Porto in 10 and Juve to the assault. The opportunity arrived on Chiesa’s feet again: in the 56th minute, the attacker jumped into the area with a header who jumps Marchesin on the way out but in a crash, desperately countered by Pepe, hits the wood to the left of the door which has remained unguarded. Shortly after Ronaldo crushes his head from a few steps but finds Marchesin ready to be rejected from the chest. A minute passes and Chiesa doubles: in the 63rd minute Cuadrado’s cross from the right trocar for the number 22 who bursts into the far post and head bends the right hand to Marchesin for the 2-1 who equalizes with the first leg. Pirlo’s team continues to push and Ronaldo heads to the side. At 82 ‘Chiesa again protagonist: throwing into the area on the left for the attacker who jumps a defender and kicks on Marchesin outgoing. Porto, however, is alive and tries with Sarr from a distance, but Szczesny is careful and pushes away with his fists. Then Diaz from the left serves Marega in the area who controls his back to the goal and kicks on the outside of the net. At 91 ‘goal canceled at Juve: throw in the area for Morata who controls and bags with a diagonal touch of the right winger but the game was stopped for offside. At 93 ‘Juve’s sensational crossbar with Cuadrado who focuses from the right, enters the area and kicks with the left but the ball is printed on the wood. We go to extra time.

At 99 ‘opportunity for Porto from a corner kick, with Marega who heads from a few steps away sends the ball into Szczesny’s arms. Juve is tired but sinks in the 110 ‘with Kulusevski who jumps a man but then with his right kicks on Mbemba who in a crash replies the conclusion. A minute later Porto dangerous with Diaz who goes away in the area on the left to Cuadrado and gives the limit to Grujic whose left, weak, is removed from de Ligt At 115 ‘the goal of the joke: right low shot from Oliveira who passes under Ronaldo’s legs in the barrier and beats on the right Szczesny who touched the ball but fails to get it out the door. At 117 ‘the goal of the Juventus hope with Rabiot who stands out and slips the ball under the intersection to the right of Marchesin for the 3-2. Final forcing, penalty required for an intervention on De Ligt but the qualifying goal does not arrive and Porto can rejoice.


Juventus (4-4-2): Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci (30 ‘st De Ligt), Demiral, Alex Sandro; Ramsey (30 ‘st McKennie), Arthur (12’ pts Kulusevski), Rabiot, Chiesa (12 ‘pts Bernardeschi); Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Available: Buffon, Pinsoglio, Chiellini, Di Pardo, Dragusin, Frabotta, Fagioli.
All .: Pirlo
Porto (4-4-2): Marchesin; Manafà, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu (26 ‘st Luis Diaz); Corona (13 ‘sts Diogo Leite), Uribe (45’ st Grujic), Sergio Oliveira (13 ‘sts Loum), Otavio (17’ st Sarr); Marega (1 ‘sts Toni Martinez), Taremi.
Available: Diogo Costa, Felipe Anderson, Evanilson, Nanu, Fabio Vieira, Francisco Conceicao.
Coach: Sergio Conceicao
Arbitro: Kuipers (Olanda)
Scorers: 19 ‘rig. and 10 ‘sts Sergio Oliveira (P), 4’ sts and 18 ‘st Chiesa (J), 12’ sts Rabiot (J)
Bookings: Otavio (P), Taremi (P), Chiesa (J), Cuadrado (J), Sergio Oliveira (P), Bernardeschi (J), Rabiot (J), Mbemba (P)
Expelled: At 9 ‘st Taremi for kicking the ball at a standstill (double yellow card)


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