Juve through after penalty, red card end Porto hopes
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 0:40
The Italian champions entered the second leg holding a 2-0 lead from the reverse match in Porto, and Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty made it a comfortable progression into the last eight for Massimiliano Allegri's side.
"I am aware of how important the Champions League is for the Bianconeri and the history of this club", Dani Alves said.
"There are other great teams in the tournament, but we have quality and we've got what it takes to win the trophy".
So, just who has been selected for the match, as Porto try to find a route past Juve into the next round of the Champions League?
Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund have already reached the last 16.
Juventus were content to see out the remainder of the game nearly in second gear, easing past Porto to reach the last eight, as expected, and continue their imperious home record.
Juventus beat Porto 2-0 on the road in the first leg of the series.
With Oliver Torres, Yacine Brahimi, Andre Silva, and Tiquinho leading the attack, plus Andre Andre supporting them from midfield, this is about the quickest, most disruptive lineup Porto could have put onto the pitch, especially with Miguel Layun and Max Pereira racing up from the back line.
Pjaca replaced Cuadrado after 67 minutes and had the Serie A champions ahead less than five minutes later, finishing well for his first Juve goal after Dybala's pass was deflected perfectly into his path.
Why, it's only the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 game.
Porto substitute Diogo Jota had a chance to salvage some pride when he went through on goal in the closing stages, but he over hit his chip and the chance went begging along with Porto's European campaign for another year.