Juventus has been chasing the final victory in the Champions League for years. It knew it had to win in order not to be eliminated at an early stage by a less wealthy club for the third consecutive year. The Italians are good for a turnover of about 400 million euros, while Ajax (too strong in 2019), Olympique Lyon (2020) and FC Porto are all stuck somewhere between 100 and 200 million euros in terms of budget.
The realization that a new failure had to be prevented seemed immediately present The Old lady. Because where Juventus started dramatically in Portugal, it now started well with a great opportunity for Alvaro Morata. However, his header was turned in a great way by Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin, although the attacker also failed to choose a corner. A few minutes later, on the other side of the field, there was a double chance for Mehdi Taremi. First Merih Demiral got the ball out of the goal mouth, then the striker headed the rebound at the intersection.
The same Demiral committed a foul in the penalty area on the same Taremi after twenty minutes. Referee Björn Kuipers was relentless and pointed to the spot, after which Sergio Oliveira hit. It was a just reward for FC Porto, which played well. Despite the lead, the guests did not lean back in the future. Shortly after the 0-1 there were shots from Jesus Corona and Otávio, but Juve goalie Wojciech Szczesny was on his post.
The biggest opportunities on behalf of Juventus were for Morata. After Wilson Manafa passed under a cross, the striker encountered Marchesin for the second time. The Argentinian closing post has several times distinguished itself with attentive goalkeeping work, with which he managed to nip Juventus danger in the bud.
Turnaround after halftime
Marchesin had no chance after the break, when Federico Chiesa – who also scored in Portugal – placed the ball in the top corner after returning the poorly playing Ronaldo. The match picture changed completely in a few minutes, because in no time Taremi got yellow twice and thus red. Especially the second yellow card was totally unnecessary for shooting the ball. Shortly after, Chiesa should have made his second. He had already passed Marchesin, but thanks to Pepe the ball ended up on the post.
Still, the 2-1 was inevitable. A measured cross from Juan Cuadrado landed on the head of Chiesa, who made an excellent header. Now that the backlog of the first leg had been cleared up, the home team slowed down a bit and Matthijs de Ligt was also allowed to make his entrance, although it was reported on Monday that he was not fit enough. The first big next chance was again for Chiesa, but this time the keeper was the boss.
Porto slowly got better in the game, distinguishing itself in an offensive way with a hard bang from Malang Sarr and a shot from Moussa Marega that disappeared into the side netting. The greatest danger, however, came from Juventus, but Cuadrado hit the bar.
That is why it was extended. The extension was mainly full of violations, partly because of this many players were struggling with symptoms of fatigue.
One of the wild moves on the Juventus side resulted in a free kick 25 meters from Szczesny’s goal. Oliveira chose to aim the ball under the wall and while grabbing Szczesny had to allow the 2-2. Shortly afterwards, Adrien Rabiot made 3-2 with the head, but it was no longer useful for the team from Turin.