Champions League: Juventus through after penalty, red card end Porto hopes
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 16, 2017,
Mar 16, 2017, 0:31
Italy's Juventus have reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League as they saw off 10-man Porto 1-0 in Turin.
Also in the last eight in the Champions League are the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester City potentially joining them.
Although Juventus remain on course for a third consecutive league and Cup double, their real focus this season is on making amends for a 3-1 final defeat to Barcelona in 2015.
However, Allegri was unconcerned about Juve's prospective opponents.
"Let's not forget what Porto did in their Champions League play-off away to Roma this season [a 3-0 win] - they were starting that match at a disadvantage".
"Everyone is fine apart from Sturaro who will be back with the squad in the coming days, I think he'll be available for the match in Genoa against Sampdoria".
The Bianconeri face Porto tomorrow night in the second leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie.
Any hope of a comeback from the visitors ended just before half-time when Porto defender Maxi Pereira was sent off for handball on the line. "So I have two questions, one at right-back and one in the middle".
Porto have won nine Primeira Liga games in a row, a run only blotted by their first-leg loss to Juve, and midfielder Yacine Brahimi echoed his coach's positive sentiments.
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.
Mario Mandzukic had a header smothered by Casillas and sent another effort just past the left post before Juventus broke the deadlock four minutes from halftime.
Juventus: Buffon 7, Dani Alves 7, Bonucci 7, Benatia 7, Alex Sandro 7, Marchisio 7, Khedira 6, Cuadrado 7, Dybala 7, Mandzukic 7, Higuain 7.
Three-nil down on aggregate and reduced to 10 men, Porto were left with a mountain to climb in the second half, but they nearly hit back on 49 minutes when Francisco Soares shot wide of the mark when in a one-on-one with Juventus iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.