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News24.com | Juventus crash out of Champions League after dramatic extra-time defeat to Porto

Sergio Oliveira of FC Porto celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and FC Porto.

Sergio Oliveira of FC Porto celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and FC Porto.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus crashed out of the Champions League last
16 for the second year running on Tuesday, losing to 10-man Porto on
away goals despite winning the second leg 3-2 in Turin.

Sergio
Oliveira’s extra-time free-kick sent twice former winners Porto through
to the quarter-finals as the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate.

Leading
2-1 from the first leg in Portugal, Oliveira’s first-half penalty
increased Porto’s advantage but Juventus levelled the tie through two
goals from Federico Chiesa, which came either side of Porto striker
Mehdi Taremi’s red card.

Oliveira then rifled home a low free-kick
on 115 minutes, which passed through the legs of Ronaldo, with Adrien
Rabiot’s header in reply coming in vain for Juventus.

Juventus
had been counting on Portuguese striker Ronaldo, the competition’s
record goal-scorer, and in-form Spaniard Alvaro Morata, who had scored
six goals in the competition this season, to pull them through.

But
Juventus’ Champions League heartache stretching back 25 years
continued, falling in the first knockout round the second consecutive
year after losing to French club Lyon last season.

Andrea Pirlo
had regained several injured players including midfielder Arthur and
defender Leonardo Bonucci, but captain Giorgio Chiellini remained on the
bench with Danilo suspended.

Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin
produced a sharp early save to turn away a Morata header, while Taremi
nodded against the crossbar at the other end in a lively start to the
game.

The Italian champions fell behind on the night when Merih
Demiral conceded a penalty after bundling over Taremi in the box with
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers pointing to the spot.

Oliveira made no mistake, sending Wojciech Szczesny the wrong way to give the visitors a 3-1 advantage overall.

Marchesin
continued his heroics, the Argentine blocking from Morata on 26 minutes
and Rabiot minutes later after the French midfielder took aim from
distance.

Juve hit back after the break thanks to Chiesa’s double,
the first on 49 minutes when Ronaldo controlled and knocked it back for
Chiesa to curl in past Marchesin from a tight angle.

Porto soon went a man down with Taremi sent off for two quick yellow cards, the second for recklessly kicking the ball away.

Despite
the Iranian’s absence Porto managed to hold on, with Pepe intervening
brilliantly to force Chiesa into striking the post after rounding
Marchesin.

Chiesa made no mistake just after the hour getting his
head to another perfect Juan Cuadrado cross which Marchesin again got a
hand to but could not stop to pull the sides level 3-3 on aggregate.

Matthijs de Ligt and Weston McKennie came off the bench with 15 minutes to go in place of Bonucci and Aaron Ramsey.

Ronaldo
missed a chance to add to his tally of 134 Champions League goals after
heading a Cuadrado delivery wide with 12 minutes to go.

It was
end to end action with Marchesin denying Chiesa a hat-trick, while
Morata had a goal ruled out for offside in injury time before Cuadrado
was desperately unlucky to see his curling shot smack back off the bar.

Porto had the best chance of the first 15 minutes in extra time with Szczesny blocking a Moussa Marega header.

But Oliviera won a free-kick and fired in low to beat Szczesny on 115 minutes amid wild celebrations from the Portuguese bench.

Two
minutes later Rabiot headed Juventus back into contention but the hosts
could not snatch another goal as their European adventure ended
prematurely once more.

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